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Lawyers For Fired Ohio State Band Director To Remain On Case

Jonathan Waters
Nick Houser
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WOSU

Attorneys for fired Ohio State marching band director Jonathan Waters will continue to defend him until it's determined whether his federal case will go to trial.

Attorney David Axelrod told a judge Tuesday he's delaying the request to withdraw as Waters' counsel after university lawyers objected. Waters says he can't meet his financial obligations.

U.S. District Court Judge James Graham said Axelrod's decision serves the cause of justice, since much work has gone into the case. Waters was terminated in 2014 after an investigation concluded he ignored a "sexualized culture" inside the band.

The lawsuit alleges he was a victim of gender discrimination. It cites a similarly-situated female who got a second chance. The university says they weren't similarly situated and it was free to terminate Waters for any reason.