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New judge likely in Wartell bias case

A federal magistrate assigned to handle the early stages of a lawsuit filed by former IPFW Chancellor Mike Wartell has recused himself.

Magistrate Judge Roger B. Cosbey issued an order Wednesday asking that another magistrate in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana be appointed to handle the case.

The gender-discrimination lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Wartell against Purdue University and its Board of Trustees, claims Wartell was ousted because then-Purdue President France Cordova wanted to put a woman in his position.

Wartell was forced to retire in 2011, under the terms of a rarely enforced rule requiring university executives retire at 65.

They replaced him with a 64-year-old woman, Vicky Carwein, who assumed the chancellorship of IPFW in September.

The early stages of the lawsuit will now be handled by Magistrate Judge Andrew P. Rodovich, who works out of the district’s Hammond courthouse.

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