A federal judge in Tallahassee Friday blasted a law firm for the University of Florida for bringing up “new” facts in a intently viewed lawsuit about free of charge speech and tutorial liberty. 

It was the next listening to in two weeks on the lawsuit, initially submitted by three UF political science professors denied authorization by the college to give professional testimony towards the state’s year-old elections legislation since it set UF at odds with Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature, who come to a decision on the community university’s funds each individual yr.

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Christopher Bartolomucci, a Washington, D.C. lawyer for UF, stated he and his team found just two days in the past that the professors experienced actually prepared their testimony before requesting permission to testify. 

“We now know they were being actively operating ahead of they submitted their request,” Bartolomucci stated in the online proceeding. “These points are found nowhere in problems. They have misled counsel, the employer and this courtroom. … They have unclean palms, and shouldn’t delight in aid.”

He asked Main U.S. District Choose Mark Walker to reopen discovery — the truth-locating phase that takes place in advance of a demo — so they could introduce new evidence.

As an alternative, Walker grilled and lectured him for several minutes, chopping himself shorter just after indicating the lawyer’s habits had lifted some severe ethical issues.

“It strains credulity when you say these are newly uncovered info when they are all portion of the general public file,” Walker explained. “These are the quite stories and industry experts we knew about, but we just figured out in the past two days the Earth is not spherical and there is gambling in Casablanca and these professors experienced their studies ahead of they submitted requests for acceptance.”