DES MOINES, Iowa — A conservative lawyer who sued the University of Iowa law school, claiming she wasn't hired because of her conservative political views, plans to again take her case to a federal appeals court.
Two separate juries have decided against Teresa Manning, finding the law school's former dean, Carolyn Jones, did not commit illegal political discrimination when she declined to hire Manning for a full-time professor position.
The first verdict was appealed and the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back for a new trial based on verdict process errors. The second jury also found Manning failed to prove political discrimination.
Manning sought a new trial claiming errors including improper jury instructions.
Judge James Gritzner on Friday denied a new trial.
Manning's attorney said Tuesday an appeal is planned.