BOSTON (AP) -- Attorney General Martha Coakley is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the former president of Westfield State University.

The Boston Globe reports Saturday that Coakley says the suit filed by Evan Dobelle should be discarded on technical and legal ground.

Shortly after being suspended by trustees last month, the 68-year-old Dobelle filed a federal lawsuit against the university and state higher education commissioner alleging that trustees had conspired to damage his reputation and violate his rights. Dobelle is the former president of Middlesex Community College in Lowell and Bedford.

In a 13-page memo filed in federal court on Wednesday, the newspaper says Coakley contended that Dobelle's lawsuit makes only a cursory attempt to support his argument that his free speech and due process rights were violated.

Dobelle's lawyer, Ross H. Garber, on Friday told the newspaper he hadn't had a chance to review the request. Dobelle has 14 days to respond.