Update: Mistrial Declared In Alleged Political Bias Trial

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday afternoon in a political discrimination lawsuit against the University of Iowa law school.

Jurors could not reach a verdict on whether a conservative rejected for jobs at the law school was the victim of political bias. Teresa Wagner claimed liberal professors blocked her hiring because they despised her political views.

Wagner had worked for national groups that oppose abortion rights. She claims the opposition to her 2007 hiring was driven by a professor who helped draft the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Jurors began deliberating Monday afternoon after a week-long trial, which was considered the first of its kind in academia.

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