The University of Iowa College of Law says it did not hire a prominent anti-abortion activist to its faculty because she performed poorly in a job interview, not because of her conservative politics.
The Iowa Attorney General's Office is representing the law school and its former dean against a lawsuit filed by Teresa Wagner, who claims she was passed over for jobs because of her views and affiliation with conservative groups. It filed a brief Friday arguing Wagner gave "inexplicable and disqualifying answers" that caused professors to reject her.
Wagner had worked for the National Right to Life Committee and edited a book about the anti-abortion movement. Republicans have latched onto the lawsuit as an example of liberal bias at public universities. Trial is set for October 15th in Davenport.