Sadid Takes Case to Idaho Supreme Court

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Updated: 11/07/2012 2:13 pm
A former professor embroiled in multiple suits against Idaho State University took one case before the Idaho Supreme Court Wednesday.

At the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello, lawyers for Habib Sadid and Idaho State University made oral arguments in front of the high court.

Sadid contends the state Industrial Commission wrongly denied him unemployment benefits because his conduct was an exercise of academic freedom protected under the first amendment when the professor raised complaints at a faculty meeting following writing articles for newspapers critical of the university.

The university believes his actions were employee related misconduct.

Ron Coulter, who represents Sadid, says now after making the oral arguments the waiting game begins.

“Like anything else you wait and you hope and you can't wait to see what the judges say about it because, quite frankly, they're the last stop,” Coulter said. “The only thing we could do if say they ruled against us would be petition for a writ of certiorari.”

A decision on the case is expected in four to six weeks.

A writ of certiorari is where a higher court asks to review records of a case decided in a lower court.
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