There is a maxim that one person's freedom ends at another person's nose. That's not quite how it works in the academic world when the swinger is the liberal powers-that-be and the swingee is a conservative professor.

The Alliance Defending Freedom and the American Center for Law and Justice won a significant victory in a North Carolina court this week for restoring the maxim's equal application on campus.

The two conservative legal activist firms sued on behalf of University of North Carolina-Wilmington criminology professor Mike Adams who claimed school officials when it denied his promotion application to full professor due to his conservative political views.

First Amendment applied equally

According to ACLJ, Adams' attorneys argued "that university officials improperly considered his First Amendment-protected speech in the course of their promotion decision, disregarded the university's own promotion standards and guidelines, and forwarded false and misleading information about Dr. Adams' academic accomplishments as part of an effort to block his promotion to full professor."

The jury agreed with Adams who is an avowed Christian and conservative who frequently writes articles on criticizing liberal suppression of freedom of speech and thought on campus.

"The verdict represents a significant victory for the First Amendment and for academic freedom, sending a message nationwide that colleges and universities will be held accountable if they attempt to impose ideological, religious, or political litmus tests on professors or students," ACLJ said in a statement on the verdict.

The judge in the case will decide Adams' relief at a later date. Go here for more on the case.

On today's

Editorial: Harry Reid lets Obama, Eric Holder coverup the IRS scandal.

Watchdog/Mark Flatten: Navy database tracks civilians' parking tickets, fender-benders, raises new fears of domestic spying.

Columnist/Byron York: Ninth Ward Katrina victims living Hollywood eco-agenda.

Columnist/Philip Klein: Even if GOP takes Senate in 2014, it will be hard to hold in 2016.

Columnist/Shikha Dalmia: Asian-Americans says Affirmative Action is obsolete.

Columnist/Scott Rasmussen: The wizards in Washington cannot deliver.

Beltway Confidential/Ashe Schow: Aussie anchorwoman says stop blaming men for our problems.

Beltway Confidential/Michael Barone: Ukraine's constitution writers should have consulted U.S. founders.

Legal Newsline/David Yates: Poll shows most WV voters think lawsuits hurting job creation.

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The Washington Post: Search for plane exposes satellite limitations.

The New York Post: Ukraine sets deadline for militias to give up arms.

ABC News: Putin sees no need for further retaliation against U.S.

New York Post: Fired-up Chris Christie rips ex-aide Kelly.

CNN: Turkey's PM vows to destroy Twitter.

USA Today: Some states' pension systems in dire straits.

Righty Playbook

The American Thinker: Not a lot of love for Obama at Hispanic networking hour.

The Weekly Standard: A superpower once lived here.

National Review Online: Religion is your business, if you choose to make it so.

Bonus must-read

The Federalist: Understanding the battle over the American narrative.

Lefty Playbook

Progressive Populist: How the USPS could save the economy and change your life.

Grist: Trash from K-cups sold last year would encircle the earth 11 times.

The Huffington Post: AFP reporter and family killed by Taliban in Kabul attack.

Bonus must-read

The American Prospect: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, retirement and the value of term limits.

Blog Right

Right Wing News: Global warmist says you can't just sway people with facts.

Gateway Pundit: MH370 pilot made mystery phone call minutes before taking off.

Hot Air: A new look at the "benefits" of contraception.

Blog Left

Talking Points Memo: The real reason NRA went after Obama's surgeon-general pick.

Talk Left: Federal judge dismisses charges, blasts ATF for "crime creation."

The Raw Story: Arizona couple wins $5.3 million from polygamist towns.