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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Duke By Law School Applicant Who Didn't Take LSAT

Duke Law (2014)Duke Chronicle, Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Duke by Law School Applicant Who Didn't Take LSAT:

The case filed by a Duke Law applicant who didn’t take the Law School Admission Test and sued the Law School has been dismissed a few months after it was filed. 

But the plaintiff wasn't quite done.

After Judge Richard Andrews of the U.S. District Court of Delaware dismissed the lawsuit, plaintiff Edward Thomas Kennedy filed a motion asking the judge—an appointee of former President Barack Obama—to recuse himself from the case. Why? Kennedy cited "birtherism"—the conspiracy theory that Obama was born in Africa—in his motion for recusal, arguing that the Andrews' impartiality was suspect. ...

Kennedy, who applied to more than 20 American law schools, also sued multiple other institutions, including Harvard University, the Law School Admission Council and the Association of American Law Schools. ...

Kennedy didn’t take the LSAT—administered by the Law School Admission Council—because it is “junk science,” according to his original complaint. The LSAT is based on ideology, not science, and is administered by radicals who “ignore our law, our history, our culture, ethics and probably all of western civilization law,” Kennedy wrote in his original complaint. ... In the introduction to the complaint, he dedicated the lawsuit in the memory of former First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt.

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