Jury Finds U Of I Rejection Was Not Due To Liberal Bias

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

A jury declared Wednesday that a conservative scholar who was passed over for a teaching job at the University of Iowa law school was not the victim of political discrimination.

That was the highest-profile allegation in the case of Teresa Wagner. A magistrate judge declared a mistrial for a second claim after the jury failed to reach a verdict. The job applicant had claimed she was denied equal protection under the law when she was passed over for a job teaching legal analysis and writing for a less qualified candidate, said U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Shields.

Wagner claimed she was passed over for jobs at the University of Iowa law school because of liberal bias.

The mistrial in the case of Teresa Wagner was called after jurors reported they were deadlocked after three days of deliberations. The judge said the move means the case will have to be retried or resolved some other way, such as a settlement.

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