IOWA CITY (AP) — A lawyer for a conservative passed over for University of Iowa law school jobs is asking for a retrial on both counts of her lawsuit and raising criticism about how a judge oversaw the mixed verdict.
Attorney Stephen Fieweger on Thursday asked to reinstate Teresa Wagner's claim of discrimination under the First Amendment and vacate the verdict throwing it out. He says that claim should be retried with the claim that her equal-protection rights were violated, which deadlocked jurors.
Fieweger says Magistrate Judge Thomas Shields accepted the verdict Wednesday without allowing him to be present to poll jurors to ensure that they were unanimous and hadn't been coerced.
Shields initially declared a mistrial on both claims. He later called jurors back and accepted their verdict.
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