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Posted on 07/25/2007 3:02:02 PM PDT by april15Bendovr
Fired Professor Ward Churchill to Sue University
Last Edited: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007, 1:26 PM MDT Created: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007, 12:50 PM MDT
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LAKE CHARLES -- DENVER -- Ward Churchill will file a lawsuit against the University of Colorado on Wednesday. He is challenging his dismissal as a professor from the institution.
University of Colorado regents voted 8-1 Tuesday to accept school president Hank Brown's recommendation to fire him. CU Regent Cindy Carlisle had the lone dissenting vote.
Ward Churchill and his attorney, David Lane, plan to file suit in Denver District Court. Churchill is the first tenured professor that the school has ever fired for scholarly fraud.
Lane plans to amend Churchills existing lawsuit against the school. It will now seek Churchills reinstatement, a financial settlement, and demand that the university pay the attorneys fees.
Churchill is filing in Denver instead of Boulder because he says they'll get a more diverse jury in Denver, and a speedier trial than if they filed in Boulder. Churchill was dismissed because an investigation found that he misrepresented the effects of federal laws on American Indians, that he wrongly claimed evidence indicated Capt. John Smith exposed Indians to smallpox in the 1600s, and claimed the work of a Canadian environmental group as his own.
After the board of regents' vote, Brown addressed the media saying the university had no choice but to terminate Churchills employment after allegations of plagiarism and academic misconduct were deemed valid.
COMMENT ON THE FIRING OF CHURCHILL
"This case is a very clear example of an effort to falsify history and fabricate history," Brown said
The individual involved did not express regret or apologize or refrain from this kind of falsification in the future."
The announcement of the board of regents' 8-1 vote to fire Churchill came at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. It was greeted with loud boos and shouting from a gathering of Churchill's supporters.
The fired professor called the decision a fraud. His attorney said the lawsuit they are filing is based on the First Amendment. It alleges the university is punishing the former professor for controversial speech.
The investigation of Churchill began after a 2001 essay surfaced in which Churchill compared workers in New York City's World Trade Center terrorist attacks to Nazi architect Adolf Eichmann.
CU said the action against Churchill was not related to that paper, because it was covered under the rights of free speech.
But it did touch off a 15-month long investigation into some of Churchill's other work. The investigation started in 2005, and ended with the findings of plagiarism and academic misconduct..
A five-member faculty panel voted 3-2 to punish, but not fire, Churchill.
In May, however, CU president Hank Brown recommended that Churchill be fired. Governor Bill Ritter and former Governor Bill Owens both supported Churchill's termination.
Will the judge say “Sir, when you are in my courtroom you will NOT wear sunglasses.”
basically what churchill is arguing for is
no academic standards.
you can make up what you will and pass it off as scholarly research.
Ward Churchill on the warpath?
What he is say is he can speak without repercussion. His speech and we have no say in what we can do about it.
I am sure the board knew this when it voted he would do this so I hope they counter sue for all legal costs.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Let's see... Congress... um...
Don't see nuthin' in there about universities.
If you are going to be a fraud, now is not the time to go all wobbly.
Brazen is as brazen does.
And what the heck, he might win.
... and you will wash your hair.
Churchill is a fraud and a wuss.
He’s doing this to be a nuisance and hopes to get a monetary settlement from the college to just go away.
The college needs to inform him that they will vigorously defend themselves and will expose him for the fraud that he is and has been.
That would be really be educational to all concerned.
>> Will the judge say Sir, when you are in my courtroom you will NOT wear sunglasses.
And, with “Sir” a mere placeholder for a term or phrase that is much more descriptive of this POS...
Its like Aerosmith states
(That, that) Dude looks like a lady
About time this phony Indian got his just deserts. What a pain in the a... he will be in the months to come....Too bad...
>> Hes doing this to be a nuisance and hopes to get a monetary settlement from the college to just go away. The college needs to inform him that they will vigorously defend themselves and will expose him for the fraud that he is and has been.
You nailed it.
This lawsuit will be the dumbest thing the dumb@ss has ever done, in a career loaded with dumb@ass stunts.
No way can he prevail: he was hung out to dry not for his provocative views, but rather for his academic dishonesty.
If CU fails to defend the lawsuit I will be major upset.
I took a good look at him, he looks like he could use a good bath, a shave and a new outfit from good will. Keep smoking Churchee, one more nail in the coffin!
Good debate between David Horowitz vs. Ward Churchill
Why bother? Any of the Ivy League schools would be thrilled to hire him as a full professor...
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