Skip to comments.Victory: Jury Rules North Carolina University Violated Conservative Professorís Free Speech Rights
Posted on 03/23/2014 10:33:26 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
In Greenville, North Carolina, a jury in federal court found that the University of North Carolina-Wilmington violated criminology professor Mike Adams free speech rights when it denied his application for promotion to full professor. The ACLJ represents Dr. Adams, along with Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Travis Barham.
Dr. Adams is a conservative Christian who also regularly contributes to Townhall.com, where he often critiques the widespread leftist abuses within colleges and universities.
His speech caused a furious response within his university, with the Chancellor even attempting to alter the standards for promotion to allow the faculty to consider professors protected speech in promotion decisions.
When Dr. Adams submitted his application for full professor, university officials rejected it through the use of a completely-fabricated promotion standard, passed along false and misleading information about his academic record, explicitly considered the content of his protected speech in promotion documents, and incredibly allowed a professor whod filed a false criminal complaint against Dr. Adams to cast a vote against his application.
The verdict represents a significant victory for the First Amendment and for academic freedom, sending a message nationwide that colleges and universities will be held accountable if they attempt to impose ideological, religious, or political litmus tests on professors or students.
The jurys verdict was for liability only, and the judge will decide Dr. Adams relief within weeks.
In the meantime, we are grateful that justice was done and will press on to defend liberty in colleges and universities nationwide.
I hope he wins a few million dollars so he can lord it over all those leftist punk professors who are ushering in the decivilsation of America.
Does the judge have the authority to order UNCW to promote Dr Adams?
Back in 03’, I read his articles back in Canuckistan which made me a rightwing conservative and an American. This was the height of anti Americanism due to the Iraq war.
Good for Mike.
In addition, he is the owner of a significant arsenal of guns. After this ruling, he will own more.
Pet peeve. An arsenal is where you make weapons. A magazine is where you store them.
If the court awards damages then universities all over the country will be scrambling to assess their exposure to similar actions.
But I think that he'd be a PITA to have working for me.