Justices won't block new trial in Iowa law school dispute

AP News
Posted: Mar 09, 2015 9:43 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is declining to block a second trial over whether the University of Iowa law school improperly passed over a conservative scholar for a faculty position.

The justices on Monday rejected Iowa officials' plea to revisit a lower court ruling in favor of school employee Teresa Wagner. Wagner claims she was discriminated against by liberal professors because she is a Republican who previously worked for anti-abortion groups.

In 2012, a jury found that the school's former dean did not discriminate against Wagner, but a federal appeals court threw out the verdict because of a judge's mistake.

The appeals court said Wagner is entitled to a new trial.

The case is Jones v. Wagner, 14-615.