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BUCK RYAN,
Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
DAVID A. BLACKWELL, JOSEPH REED, DEREK LANE, and MIKE FARRELL, in their individual capacities,
Defendants-Appellees.
   No. 19-6447
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of Kentucky at Lexington.
No. 5:19-cv-00188—Karen K. Caldwell, District Judge.
Argued: October 9, 2020
Decided and Filed: November 3, 2020
Before: SUHRHEINRICH, LARSEN, and READLER, Circuit Judges.


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OPINION
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SUHRHEINRICH, Circuit Judge. Buck Ryan is a professor of journalism at the University of Kentucky. Following an audit, the University accused him of misusing department resources to make a larger profit off a textbook he had authored. He was asked to resign from his position as a tenured professor, but he refused to do so. Ryan brought suit against Defendants David Blackwell, Joseph Reed, Derek Lane, and Mike Farrell, alleging, amongst other things, that they retaliated against him for asserting his due process and First Amendment rights after he refused to resign. The district court dismissed Ryan’s claim under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). On appeal, Ryan alleges that the district court misconstrued his complaint, that he plausibly alleged due process retaliation, and that his speech was on a matter of public concern. He argues that he did, therefore, meet the Rule 12(b)(6) requirements to plausibly state a claim Blackwell, Reed, Lane, and Farrell argue that even if they did violate Ryan’s rights, they are entitled to qualified immunity. For the reasons that follow, we AFFIRM.



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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
JULIUS D. RUFFIN,
Defendant-Appellant.
   No. 19-3599
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Northern District of Ohio at Cleveland.
No. 1:18-cr-00672-1—James S. Gwin, District Judge.
Argued: October 22, 2020
Decided and Filed: November 3, 2020
Before: COOK, BUSH, and NALBANDIAN, Circuit Judges.


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OPINION
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JOHN K. BUSH, Circuit Judge. Julius Ruffin pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, which he had hidden in his rectum. He appeals the district court’s denial of his motion to suppress those drugs, arguing that Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) agents did not show probable cause to obtain the warrant and that the manner of the search violated the Fourth Amendment. For the reasons below, we AFFIRM the district court’s judgment.