Fired CU prof wants judge to reconsider ruling

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - The lawyer for a University of Colorado professor fired after likening some victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to a Nazi mastermind is asking a judge to reconsider a decision refusing to reinstate his client.

Denver District Judge Larry Naves ruled July 7 against Ward Churchill's bid to force CU-Boulder to rehire him. There were calls to fire Churchill after his essay calling the World Trade Center victims ``Little Eichmanns,'' a reference to Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi who helped orchestrate the Holocaust.

University officials concluded the essay was constitutionally
protected expression, but fired Churchill in 2007 after determining
he was guilty of plagiarism of other work.

A jury in April decided Churchill was wrongly fired but awarded
him only $1 in damages. It was up to the judge to decide whether to
reinstate him.

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