A Widener University Law School panel formed to investigate allegations that a tenured professor made racist, sexist, and violent statements has found that the accusations were "not proven," the professor's attorney said Thursday.
Lawrence Connell, who has taught at the Wilmington school for 26 years, was accused of using violent hypothetical examples involving his attempting to shoot Linda L. Ammons, dean of the law school, as part of classes on criminal procedure late last year.
He also is accused of making a series of racist and sexist statements. Connell, who has been on paid administrative leave, denies the allegations and claims that Ammons is trying to fire him because of his conservative political views.
Whether the panel's decision means Connell will be reinstated was not immediately clear.