The case of Thomas Klocek vs. DePaul moves forward, according to an email from Klocek’s publicist:
The case of Thomas Klocek is now poised to go to trial. On April 10, Hon. Daniel J. Kelley, a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, upheld six of the eight legal counts leveled against DePaul and others. This came as a result of DePaul’s motion to reconsider Judge Nudleman’s order from May 2006, which upheld four of the counts against DePaul and others.
In his 17-page order, Judge Kelley points to DePaul’s “reckless disregard for the truth” in statements made following Klocek’s suspension. This breaks a long silence in the case as DePaul University previously secured a temporary gag order to prevent the release of significant facts in the case.
“Now two judges have independently upheld the validity of Prof. Klocek’s complaint against DePaul,” says John Mauck of Mauck & Baker, whose firm represents Klocek. “We applaud Judge Kelley’s excellent decision. We also look forward to a public trial where DePaul students and the public can judge for themselves whether certain administrators silenced Tom Klocek because a few Muslim activists wanted his political and religious opinions repressed.”