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Prof Suspended Over Battery Charge

October 23, 2002

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ATLANTA (AP) _ An Emory University law professor who won the Pulitzer Prize for a book on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been suspended over his arrest last month for an alleged altercation with a colleague.

David Garrow was charged with simple battery in the Sept. 19 incident involving Gloria Mann, the law school’s director of operations.

Mann said Garrow ``went into an uncontrollable rage,″ verbally abused her and ``grabbed (her) by her wrists and pushed her backwards″ when she tried to walk away.

Garrow has repeatedly denied the allegations. He was suspended for six months, effective Oct. 15, university spokeswoman Jan Gleason said Tuesday in a statement. His lawyer, Keegan Federal, said Garrow will appeal the suspension.

It was unknown whether Garrow, 49, will be paid during his suspension.

Garrow won a Pulitzer in 1987 for ``Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.″

Mann, 46, has said she complained for years about abusive treatment by Garrow of her and other university employees but nothing was done.

This is the second time Garrow has been accused of verbal abuse. In March 2000, a secretary complained about his ``loud″ hallway reprimand. Garrow agreed to apologize in writing. The secretary also said she was sexually harassed by Garrow, but an internal university investigation determined there was no way to prove the allegation.

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