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RICHMOND, VA (AP) – A federal appeals court has revived a North Carolina professor’s lawsuit claiming university officials violated his free-speech rights in denying him a promotion.

A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that columns written by Michael Adams focused on matters of public concern and were entitled to First Amendment protection.

Adams, who describes himself a conservative Christian, included the writings in his application for promotion from associate professor to full professor of criminal justice at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He was denied the promotion.

The appeals court said a judge erred in ruling that the inclusion of Adams’ columns with the application converted them to government speech that is not entitled to First Amendment protection.

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  • me

    I can believe it …you should see how they rigged up the bathroom to the womens softball field and the many many multi million dollar constuctiion sites on that campus but nothing for the athletic dept…where is the money coming from to fund these sites on uncw campus, with all these drastic state budget cuts from the governor …”Is the state funding these multi million dollar constrution sites on the campus of uncw ????

  • Judges Erred

    “The appeals court said a judge erred in ruling”.

    Our judicial system has become mostly just a money machine designed by lawyers for lawyers and power hungry judges. Not only in Wilmington, N.C. but all across the good ole’ U.S. of A.

    i.e. the Child Support System/Industry…


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