Ethnic Studies Professor Ward Churchill, fired from University of Colorado to get Another Day in Court

Former University of Colorado Professor Ward Churchill holds up a dollar bill and shouts “Here’s the dollar” to the audience after he was awarded one dollar in damages from the school in his trial in Denver, Colorado Thursday afternoon April 2, 2009. (CAMERA | PAUL AIKEN) photo from The Denver Post.

On Thursday, June 7, 2012  the Colorado State Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in, Churchill v University of Colorado. The state court will hear Churchill’s challenge to the decision in 2009 by Denver Chief Judge Larry Naves to vacate—throw out— a jury’s verdict that Ward Churchill had been wrongfully fired in 2007 from his position as Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado (CU). The jury had awarded the tenured professor $1.00 in damage settlements arising of a claim of retaliation for referring to Twin Tower workers as “Little Eichmanns.” This characterisation appeared initially in an online essay from September 12, 2001 following the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.

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