IOWA CITY - A dismissed University of Iowa lawyer fired back Wednesday at the investigators and authors of an independent review that harshly criticized his actions in response to an alleged sexual assault on campus.
Former Iowa general counsel Marcus Mills said he was blindsided by the findings and called them unfair.
"I handled this entire matter to the best of my ability and I think with integrity, given the circumstances we were working under," Mills said.
Iowa president Sally Mason fired Mills and vice president of student services Phillip Jones on Tuesay. Each was faulted for his response to the alleged sexual assault, which involved two former University of Iowa football players.
University spokesman Steve Parrott said Jones and Mills were fired after rejecting Mason's request for their resignations on Monday.
The firings come two days before Mason is scheduled to meet with the Iowa Board of Regents to discuss the university's response to the alleged assault. The regents are expected to discuss any possible penalties it will impose on the university on Thursday.
The report particularly criticized Mills' handling of a letter from the mother of the alleged victim to the university that complained about the university's response to the alleged assault. In an initial investigation by the Board of Regents, Mills did not provide the letter.
"They say my response was inadequate, but they don't give a single fact about what my response was," Mills said. "It wasn't me sitting and holding certain documents back from anybody. I mean, several people had and knew about this letter.
Former Iowa football players Abe Satterfield and Cedric Everson face charges in the sexual assault case, which stems from an incident in October 2007. They are scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 3.