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Appeals court rules conservative scholar who sued U. of Iowa law school dean can get new trial


DES MOINES, Iowa — An appeals court has ruled a conservative scholar who sued a University of Iowa law school dean over alleged political discrimination can get a new trial.

The Des Moines Register reports ( ) the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that Teresa Wagner can get a new trial on her claim that she was denied promotions at the school because of her political views.

Wagner sued the school's former dean in 2009. A federal jury in 2012 ruled that no political discrimination took place, but they could not decide whether Wagner's equal protection rights were violated.

A magistrate judge declared a mistrial on the equal protection charge, and a district judge later dismissed it. That same judge denied an appeal from Wagner for a new trial.

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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