Jurors split in liberal bias claim against U. Iowa

By the Associated Press | October 24, 2012 | 4:33 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Jurors are split over whether a conservative rejected for jobs at University of Iowa law school is the victim of political bias, but a judge is ordering them to continue deliberating.

Jurors sent notes Wednesday indicating they have been unable come to consensus in the case of Teresa Wagner, who claims liberal professors blocked her hiring because they despised her political views.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Shields summoned the 12-member jury to the courtroom, where he told them to re-examine their views and the evidence.

Shields told jurors they "are not partisans" and warned the case would have to be retried if they failed to reach a verdict.

Jurors began deliberating Monday afternoon after a weeklong trial, which was considered the first of its kind in academia.