Jury rejects conservative’s bias claim against U. Iowa dean

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A jury has ruled that the former dean of the University of Iowa law school didn’t commit political discrimination when she passed over a conservative lawyer for teaching jobs.

The federal jury in Davenport on Monday rejected Teresa Manning’s claims that Dean Carolyn Jones rejected her because of Manning’s political beliefs and associations.

The verdict is a victory for the university in a long-running case that’s been closely watched in higher education. It came after a six-day trial.

University spokeswoman Jeneane Beck said the school is pleased and “happy to put this case behind us.” School officials claimed Manning failed a job interview.

Manning already has a contract to write a book about the lawsuit.

It was the second trial in the case after an unusual mistrial in 2012.

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