On The Docket: ‘David V. Goliath’

Local Attorney Defends Ohio Teacher’s Right To Raise Evolution Doubts

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Posted: March 2, 2013

Attorney Rita Dunaway argued a case in the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of John Freshwater, an Ohio science teacher who was fired after being accused of espousing creationism in the classroom. Freshwater gave Dunaway a pouch with “five smooth stones” to symbolize her uphill fight for academic freedom. (Photos by Michael Reilly)
Harrisonburg-area attorney Rita Dunaway was assigned the job of representing fired Ohio teacher John Freshwater by the Rutherford Institute. It was her first full-scale pleading before a state supreme court.
Local lawyer Rita Dunaway believes teachers and students need the freedom to “explore ideas and viewpoints” in class.
HARRISONBURG — A small leather pouch on Rita Dunaway’s desk holds five stones meant to signify her fight for academic freedom.

In 2011, the school board in Mount Vernon, Ohio, fired John…

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