Jurors leave without verdict in University of Iowa bias case
DAVENPORT (AP) — Jurors asked for but were not given another look Tuesday at the testimony of a University of Iowa law professor accused of leading the charge against the hiring of a conservative scholar because of differing views on abortion rights.
A jury of eight women and four men deliberated the case of Teresa Wagner for eight hours at the federal courthouse in Davenport before leaving for the evening without reaching a verdict. Jurors were to resume deliberations today in the case, which is being followed closely in higher education.
Jurors asked four questions of U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt as they considered Wagner’s claim that she is the victim of political discrimination whose constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection were violated by the former law school dean. Perhaps most significantly, jurors asked to be able to re-read the deposition testimony of professor Randall Bezanson, a central figure in Wagner’s claims of discrimination.
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