David Garrow: Battery charge dropped in former law prof's case





Criminal battery charges against former Emory School of Law professor David Garrow were dropped in a settlement two weeks ago, ending the nearly four-year legal battle surrounding the Pulitzer Prize winner.

A law school staff member accused Garrow of grabbing her wrists, pushing and verbally abusing her in September 2002.

The staff member, Gloria Mann, decided to drop the criminal charges for undisclosed reasons, according to Jeff Brickman, Garrow's attorney for the criminal trial. Georgia State Court Judge Antonio DelCampo agreed to dismiss the charges.

Brickman said both he and Garrow feel "relieved, satisfied and deeply appreciative of the state for exercising its discretion in dropping the charges."

Garrow, who won the Pulitzer for Bearing the Cross, a biography of Martin Luther King Jr., has maintained his innocence since the outset of the case.

Garrow was unavailable for comment, as he is currently vacationing in the Netherlands. He did not respond to e-mails and could not be reached by telephone.

But Brickman said Garrow "feels like a cloud has been lifted."

Garrow was suspended from Emory in October 2002 but did not return after the six-month suspension ended. He officially resigned from Emory in August and was released without pay.

Garrow now teaches history at Homerton College, a school within the University of Cambridge in England.


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