Ever since Lott started at the American Enterprise Institute there have been people there who have wanted to get rid of him.
I was forwarded a copy of Lott’s final email to AEI staff. It suggests that he was abruptly forced to leave:
From: John Lott
Sent: Sun 4/2/2006 4:00 AM
Friday was my last day at AEI. It has been great to get to know many of you over the past four-and-a-half years. If I can ever be of help or you just want to say hello, I can be reached at: email@example.com. I wish you all every success. Thanks.
No farewell, and not even an email announcing his departure beforehand. Did he do something on Friday that proved the last straw? And then the quixotic lawsuit against Levitt a week and half later over book published a year ago. This suggests that the AEI would not allow him to sue Levitt while he was still working for them.