I previously posted about The Culture of Jumping To Conclusions At Widener Law School, including allegations by Widener law school professor Lawrence Connell that Widener Dean Linda Ammons falsely accused Connell of racism and sexism, and of engaging in threatening behavior by using a hypothetical example in criminal law class involving an attack on the Dean.
Now Connell has filed suit in Delaware court. A complete set of the Complaint and Exhibits, including affidavits by numerous law professors stating that the use of such a hypothetical was within legal teaching norms, and supportive affidavits by students, are embedded below.
The National Law Journal and others have pretty good summaries of the issues, so I will not repeat those discussions here.
I do note, however, that Ammons is one of three people considered for a vacancy in the U.S. District Court for Delaware. Widener was touting the potential nomination on its Facebook page as recently as January 10 of this year:
It appears that Ammons bid for the Court faltered sometime in January, at least according to one source, and it is unclear whether Ammons still is under consideration.
With the high profile Connell dispute, I'd say Ammons' chances of making it to the federal court now are close to zero, perhaps an unintended consequence of her own lack of judicial temperment in addressing political correctness on campus.
Regardless of whether Ammons still is under consideration, it proves a point I have made before: District Court nominations matter.
Connell v Ammons - Complaint and Exhibits
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