Wednesday, July 08, 2009


Former academic and fake indigenous American Ward Churchill has had his day in court following allegedly illegal termination by the University of Colorado. The presiding judge very politely advised Churchill to eat shit and die, so to speak:
A state court judge on Tuesday not only denied Ward Churchill everything he sought in his long-running battle with the University of Colorado system, but also negated the one victory the controversial scholar had won so far: a jury verdict holding that system officials had violated his First Amendment rights by firing him from a job as a tenured ethnic-studies professor in response to statements he had made.

Having presided over the four-week trial that led to the jury's April 2 decision that the university had illegally fired Mr. Churchill for academic misconduct, Judge Larry J. Naves decided to vacate the jury verdict on the grounds that the university officials named in his lawsuit were immune from such litigation.

Moreover, Judge Naves held, he could not appropriately order Mr. Churchill's reinstatement on the flagship campus, in Boulder, because the jury had found the professor undeserving of any significant compensation for damages—as reflected by its awarding him just $1 for economic losses—and because the university system's lawyers had successfully made the case that returning Mr. Churchill to his old job would damage the university, its faculty members, and its students.
A fitting decision all round.

Update: Opinion on the judgement and further backround from Inside Higher Ed.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has doubts about the judge's ruling.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

And now the U of Colorado is going after him for costs. Looks like Ward's chickens are coming home to roost.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J.F. Beck, or Senator Joe McCarthy?

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Mehaul said...

So it's not only Australia where certain individuals claim a blood link to the nation's indigenous for cynical exploitation of tax payer's money. Maybe the collective guilt among the 'caring' classes makes it easier in Australia.

12:19 PM  

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