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Coakley seeks to have Dobelle’s suit dismissed

November 30, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Martha Coakley is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the former president of Westfield State University.

The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/1afK8uY ) reports Saturday that Coakley says the suit filed by Evan Dobelle should be discarded on technical and legal ground.

Shortly after being suspended by trustees last month, the 68-year-old Dobelle filed a federal lawsuit against the university and state higher education commissioner alleging that trustees had conspired to damage his reputation and violate his rights.

In a 13-page memo filed in federal court on Wednesday, the newspaper says Coakley contended that Dobelle’s lawsuit makes only a cursory attempt to support his argument that his free speech and due process rights were violated.

Dobelle’s lawyer, Ross H. Garber, on Friday told the newspaper he hadn’t had a chance to review the request. Dobelle has 14 days to respond.

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