- - Tuesday, January 18, 2011

IOWA

Sex charge reduced for ex-Iowa player

IOWA CITY | A judge on Tuesday threw out a second-degree sexual-abuse charge against former Iowa football player Cedric Everson but ruled that his trial will continue on lesser charges.

In a ruling from the bench, Judge Paul Miller said he found “insufficient evidence” that Mr. Everson was aided and abetted by his former teammate, Abe Satterfield, in the 2007 assault on a former University of Iowa athlete in a vacant dorm room.

Prosecutors needed to show Mr. Everson received the help from Mr. Satterfield to prove second-degree sexual abuse under Iowa law. But Judge Miller said he found enough evidence that Mr. Everson may have nonetheless sexually assaulted the woman and he would instruct jurors to decide his guilt on third-degree sexual abuse, assault with intent to commit sex abuse and assault charges.

KENTUCKY

School, astronomer settle suit over job

LOUISVILLE | An astronomy professor who sued the University of Kentucky after claiming he lost out on a top job because of his Christian beliefs has reached a settlement with the school.

The university has agreed to pay $125,000 to Martin Gaskell in exchange for Mr. Gaskell dropping a federal religious discrimination suit. Mr. Gaskell claimed he was passed over to be director of the university’s MacAdam Student Observatory in 2007 because of his religion and statements that were perceived to be critical of evolution.

Court exhibits showed Mr. Gaskell was a top candidate, but some professors called him “something close to a creationist” and “potentially evangelical” in e-mails.

The university said Tuesday that its “hiring processes were and are fundamentally sound and were followed in this case.”

MASSACHUSETTS

Charges against 2 tossed in Uzi death

SPRINGFIELD | A Massachusetts prosecutor on Tuesday dropped involuntary manslaughter charges against two men in connection with the death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with an Uzi at a 2008 gun show, citing last week’s acquittal of a third defendant.

Prosecutor William Bennett filed “nolle prosequi” — not prosecuting — motions in Hampden Superior Court in Springfield in the cases of Domenico Spano of New Milford, Conn., and Carl Giuffre of West Hartford, Conn.

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