Lawyer in U. Iowa bias case objects to verdict

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Posted: Oct 26, 2012 10:15 AM
Lawyer in U. Iowa bias case objects to verdict

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A lawyer for a conservative scholar who was passed over for University of Iowa law school jobs is requesting a retrial and has raised criticism about how a judge oversaw the mixed verdict.

Attorney Stephen Fieweger on Thursday asked a federal court to reinstate Teresa Wagner's claim of discrimination under the 1st Amendment and vacate the verdict throwing it out. He says that claim should be retried with the claim that her equal-protection rights were violated, which deadlocked jurors.

Fieweger says Magistrate Judge Thomas Shields accepted the verdict Wednesday on count 1 without allowing him to be present to poll jurors to ensure they were unanimous and hadn't been coerced.

Shields initially declared a mistrial on both claims. He later called jurors back and accepted their verdict on count 1.