Judge: Regents Must Disclose Messages to Law Firm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge says the Iowa Board of Regents must divulge its correspondence with a St. Louis law firm that investigated the University of Iowa's response to a 2007 sexual assault.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ross Walters ruled Tuesday the documents could help support or rebut claims made by former university general counsel Marc Mills that he was unfairly singled out for criticism and fired.
Mills is suing the law firm known as the Stolar Partnership, university president Sally Mason and other officials. He and former dean of students Phil Jones were fired after Stolar's report was highly critical of their response to an assault of a female athlete by two football players.
Lawyers defending the regents had argued their e-mail exchanges and contacts with Stolar investigators were protected by attorney-client privilege.
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