Churchill’s last stand
Former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill lost his last legal opportunity to force CU to rehire him Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal of a state Supreme Court decision.
Churchill was fired by the university in 2007 after two separate investigations concluded Churchill had violated academic standards in his scholarly writings.
The claims surfaced after Churchill wrote an essay in the wake of 9/11 in which he compared some of the victims of the terrorist attacks to Nazis responsible for the holocaust.
Ever since, Churchill has maintained he was fired because of that essay, which was protected by the First Amendment. But CU didn’t fire him for writing an anti-American essay. The university dismissed him for his academic misconduct. Now, multiple courts have upheld that firing, as they should, and CU can put the sorry Churchill episode behind it.