July 7, 2009

Hoist on his petard - Ward Churchill

Not an Indian by his own admission, a plagiarist of both words and images, a lier. He was summarily canned by the University of Colorado after a lengthy process. He turned around and sued for his job and his back wages. The judge made his decision today -- from the Denver Post:
No job, no money for Churchill
A judge has ruled that the University of Colorado doesn't have to give controversial former professor Ward Churchill his job back, even though a jury found he was improperly fired.

Churchill, who taught ethnic studies at CU's Boulder campus, lost his teaching position after an investigation found he had plagiarized and falsified scholarly work for years.

The university launched the investigation on the heels of controversy that erupted when an essay surfaced in which Churchill called some victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at New York's World Trade Center "little Eichmanns."
And the judges decision:
In a 42-page decision issued today, Naves agreed with the university that Churchill's presence on the Boulder campus would suggest that the university tolerated academic misconduct.

"The evidence was credible that professor Churchill will not only be the most visible member of the department of ethnic studies if reinstated, but that reinstatement will create the perception in the broader academic community that the department of ethnic studies tolerates research misconduct," Naves wrote.

"In addition, this negative perception has great potential to hinder students graduating from the department of ethnic studies in their efforts to obtain placement in graduate programs," he wrote.

Naves also refused to order CU to provide front pay, saying there were no actual damages that the money would remedy. And he said that Churchill didn't seek to mitigate his losses by getting another job.

"Professor Churchill's own statements during the trial established that he has not seriously pursued any efforts to gain comparable employment but has, instead, chosen to give lectures and other presentations as a means of supplementing his income. Reportedly, he even 'received a few job offers' that he declined to pursue. Under these circumstances, I do not believe an award of front pay is appropriate," Naves wrote.

Churchill couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
couldn't be reached for comment -- no shit... Glad to see this bozo get his day in court. Of course, he will have his coterie of true believers who will proclaim his innocence to any and all. I lump these mouth-breathers in with the 9/11 troofers and the global warming 'activists'... Posted by DaveH at July 7, 2009 9:27 PM | TrackBack
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