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Attorneys nearing settlement in suit against former dean


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A claim that First Amendment rights were violated at Montana State University-Northern may not go to court.

Attorneys representing former MSU-N assistant professor Doug Giebel and former dean Stephen Sylvester are negotiating a settlement in Giebel's lawsuit, which claims that Sylvester violated Giebel's right to free speech by removing handbills from university bulletin boards. The handbills advertised a speech by Giebel.

"We have reached a tentative settlement in that case and are trying to reach details," said Assistant Attorney General Norman Peterson, who is representing Sylvester.


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