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Friday, October 19, 2012

Iowa Law Prof: School Retaliated Against Me for Testifying That Liberal Bias 'Corrupts Everything School Touches'

Iowa LogoFollowing up on Monday's post, Federal Trial Begins Today in Unsuccessful Republican Faculty Candidate's Discrimination Complaint Against Iowa Law School:

A University of Iowa law professor who testified on behalf of a conservative colleague alleging she wasn't hired because of her conservative viewpoints says the school is retaliating by falsely suggesting he was under investigation for sexual misconduct.

Mark Osiel [Aliber Family Chair in Law], a 20-year veteran of the university, testified Tuesday at the federal trial of law school writing center employee Teresa Wagner, a Republican who says she was repeatedly passed over for teaching jobs because of her conservative views and activism. ...

While Osiel was on the witness stand, assistant attorney General George Carroll said that Osiel had recently faced a misconduct investigation after someone complained about hearing sexual grunting noises coming from his office at the law school. Carroll argued that information was relevant because it went to Osiel's credibility.

Osiel, 57, testified that the noises were from him taking part in exercises suggested by doctors to treat medical ailments. ... "Raising this issue, which is legally irrelevant to the testimony that I was providing, shows how low the university will stoop in retaliating against its employees of 20 years," said Osiel. ...

In an email Thursday, Osiel said he has been subjected to "unwarranted, unsubstantiated accusations of harassment" by the university. He said he was considering legal options, including a lawsuit for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. He said his medical records would prove that he had arthritis in his hip and that physical therapists at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics required him to perform certain exercises.

Des Moines Register:  U of I Concedes at Trial Key Evidence Was Erased:

The University of Iowa erased a video that would have been key to resolving a dispute between it and an employee who believes she was illegally passed over for promotion because of her conservative political views, it admitted in federal court here on Tuesday.

The school hired Teresa Wagner as a part-time staffer at the Iowa College of Law Writing Resource Center in 2006. She applied for a full-time instructor’s position in the fall of that year, but claims the job went to a lesser qualified candidate with liberal views.

Wagner, an Iowa law school graduate, has previously worked for the National Right to Life Committee and the Family Research Council. The committee opposes abortion and the council opposes same-sex marriage.

The university denies politics played a part in the decision. It says Wagner didn’t get the job largely because she said during a presentation to faculty in January 2007 that she was unwilling to teach legal analysis, which was included in the job description. Testifying before a jury here on Tuesday, Wagner denied making that statement.

A video of her presentation would have resolved the issue, both sides acknowledged. However, the university erased the video shortly after Wagner was denied the job. ...

Also testifying Tuesday was Mark Osiel, a U of I law professor who hired Wagner to help edit two research projects. Osiel called Wagner a “superlative writer” and compared her to tenured professors.

Osiel said he believes the university was disabled by liberal bias. “It corrupts everything it touches,” he said of the school’s liberal leanings, calling them “unconstitutional and morally indefensible.”

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How can a liberal bias be morally indefensible when progressive beliefs are the source of all moral truth?

Posted by: Kevin M | Oct 19, 2012 10:15:59 AM

"However, the university erased the video shortly after Wagner was denied the job. ..."

Did they? 'shortly after Wagner was denied'? How was that fact verified? When other defendents make such claims they usually are not treated this way.

Posted by: thomass | Oct 19, 2012 10:28:03 AM

"However, the university erased the video shortly after Wagner was denied the job. ..."

Did they? 'shortly after Wagner was denied'? How was that fact verified? When other defendents make such claims they usually are not treated this way.

Posted by: thomass | Oct 19, 2012 10:30:35 AM

It's always the cover-up.

Posted by: AD-RtR/OS! | Oct 19, 2012 11:18:28 AM

"U of I Concedes at Trial Key Evidence Was Erased"

Ooops.

Posted by: Walter Sobchak | Oct 19, 2012 11:51:14 AM

...the university erased the video shortly after Wagner was denied the job. ... Osiel said he believes the university was disabled by liberal bias. “It corrupts everything it touches,” he said of the school’s liberal leanings....”

Liberal bias touches everything in colleges and destroys opportunities for many.

No More Che Day at the University of Maryland was a real crash course in angry leftism.

And, on a larger scale, it takes over churches, too.

O'Sullivan's law: Any institution not explicitly conservative will become liberal with the passage of time. To which I add the corollary: any Western institution or organization not explicitly Christian will become liberal with the passage of time.

Posted by: Woody | Oct 19, 2012 2:12:55 PM

It's only liberal bias if you're not a liberal

Posted by: Rob Ramcharan | Oct 19, 2012 4:45:07 PM

Iowa is a classic case of a law school in decline: narrow politics, physical isolation, declining prestige. But they are hardly alone in this. Anyone who has spent any time at a modern law school knows that politics are the starting and sometimes the ending point of the hiring process. The current law school crisis is in part about economics, but in significant part about this narrowness of perspective.

Posted by: michael livingston | Oct 20, 2012 3:23:06 AM

After a search committee concludes its work, the HR office collects the search related materials and keeps them only for a brief period and then destroys them. You make it sound like a grand conspiracy, but it's standard operating procedure.

She is an idiot if she thinks she can tell a search committee in an interview that she isn't going to do a part of the job that is listed in the job description, and expect to be hired. She is competing with other candidates who are willing to do the job.

And then expect to sue for the job later.

I am sure the search committee members have a distinct memory of this candidate refusing to do this part of the job, in the interview, if it happened. What a supremely stupid thing to do.

Posted by: kentucky___liz | Oct 20, 2012 6:06:07 AM