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Judge: Univ. of Iowa Did Not Break Law in Firing Lawyer

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A judge says University of Iowa President Sally Mason did not violate the rights of the school's top lawyer when she fired him and criticized his performance in 2008.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt on Wednesday threw out former general counsel Marc Mills' claims that he was unfairly fired after an independent investigation incorrectly blamed him for mishandling a high-profile sexual assault case.

Pratt says Mason could fire Mills because he was an at-will employee. He says Mason also notified Mills of the reason for his pending firing and considered his rebuttal before he was terminated, which satisfied his due process rights.

University spokesman Tom Moore said the school is pleased.

Pratt will also rule soon on Mills' remaining claims against a St. Louis law firm that conducted the investigation.

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