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A Hamline University School of Law professor has filed a civil lawsuit against law school dean Donald Lewis and the head of the St. Paul. Minn., police union, claiming the two colluded to have her removed from the faculty. Robin Magee’s suit, filed on April 15 in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, claims that the defendants pushed for her termination because of her public criticism of the police department’s handling of several cases and her charges of police misconduct. The complaint notes that Magee and police union chief David Titus wrote opposing letters to the editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 2007 in response to the trial of a man accused of killing a St. Paul police officer. “Not content merely to respond in the public debate, Defendant Titus contacted Hamline University with the intention of getting Magee fired,” the suit alleges. “Titus and other St. Paul police officers made numerous communications to Hamline in order to pursue that goal.” The suit claims Lewis agreed to work with Titus to terminate Magee because he wanted to please the police department. Magee’s attorney, Jill Clark, declined on Friday to specify how the two men allegedly worked together. “That will have to play itself out in the suit,” she said. University spokeswoman Gail Nosek declined to comment, citing the university’s policy against commenting on pending litigation. Magee remains on the law school faculty, but has not taught there since 2009, when she was suspended after being charged with failing to pay state taxes. Magee is a former tax attorney, but told a judge during her sentencing this month on four misdemeanor counts that she did nothing wrong and would appeal the conviction. Prosecutors dismissed the more serious felony charges against her shortly before the trial in February. She was sentenced on April 15 to two years of probation and 80 hours of community service. Magee’s civil suit claims that the tax charges were in retaliation against her because of her criticism of police, and that Lewis began pushing to fire her following the jury verdict. Magee seeks monetary damages in excess of $50,000. Karen Sloan can be contacted at [email protected].

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