February 14, 2014

CIVIL RIGHTS NEWS: 8th Circuit Oral Argument in Unsuccessful Faculty Candidate’s Suit Claiming Discrimination by Iowa Law School Due to Her Conservative Views. “Wagner tried her case before a jury. The jury foreman told the Des Moines Register that ‘everyone in that jury room believed she had been discriminated against.’ However, the jury could not agree as to whether the law school dean was exclusively responsible. The jury was thus declared ‘hung,’ which should have meant a new trial. However, through manipulation described by Peter, the court contrived to convert this into a ruling in favor of the dean on the First Amendment count. It later dismissed the Fourteenth Amendment claim. Let’s hope that the Eighth Circuit reverses and grants Wagner’s request for another trial.”