Jurors say they believed the University of Iowa law school denied a promotion to a conservative because of her politics, but were split on whether the former dean could be held responsible.
Jury forewoman Carol Tracy of Davenport tells the Des Moines Register that “everyone in that jury room believed that” Teresa Wagner was discriminated against when she was passed over for teaching jobs.
But jurors say they believed the school itself — not former dean Carolyn Jones — should’ve been named as the defendant. Wagner’s lawsuit named Jones because federal law does not recognize political discrimination by institutions.
Jurors returned a verdict finding Jones didn’t violate Wagner’s free speech rights, but deadlocked over whether Wagner’s equal-protection rights were violated. A judge declared a mistrial on the second count.