Mercer law students want a donors name removed because of pro-Trump conspiracy statements

It sounds like a divorce case: the relationship was once beautiful, and both were happy and then a year later the two couldn’t agree and want to part ways but there’s money involved which makes the split more complicated.  

The only difference is this is not between two people – it’s between an alumnus and his alma mater. 

Law students at Mercer University-Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Ga. are asking their law school to remove Lin Wood’s name from the school’s courtroom because he posted pro-Trump election conspiracy messages on Twitter.  

Wood, a respected defense lawyer, accused Georgia state officials of taking bribes to prevent Trump from winning the state, said Biden is an illegal president and suggested the country is being run by the military, according the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Twitter banned him and he is being investigated for committing voter fraud after voting in both Georgia and South Carolina, NPR reported.

Wood pledged $1 million in 2016, to be given in annual installments over a decade. In return, the school named the courtroom after him. 

Dean Cathy Cox held a Zoom call to clear the air with students. She explained that severing ties is not easy because the two sides signed a contract in 2016. Wood joined the Zoom meeting, recorded it and then posted it to his social media account.

"I learned today that my alma mater Mercer Law School was holding a Zoom conference call with faculty and students to discuss demands that my name be removed from a courtroom in the school,” he wrote. “The school named the courtroom for me after I made a $1M donation to the school. I did not seek the recognition. I joined the call unbeknownst to the Dean, Cathy Cox. After she falsely slandered me, including references to my relationship with my children, I spoke up. I spoke truth. Judge for yourself after listening to my remarks." 

Wood told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Mercer spread lies about him, damaging his reputation, and a simple apology at this point won’t be enough.

“I didn’t start the fight,” he said. “I didn’t want that. I wanted to continue to make my donations and have the school prosper. They created the problem.”

The school issued the following statement: 

“We have heard from people expressing a range of opinions on Lin Wood’s donor recognition at the law school, but no action has been taken relative to that recognition. We have nothing further to say about the matter at this time.”

 

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