Colorado Supreme Court Rejects Ward Churchill’s Appeal

The former University of Colorado at Boulder ethnic-studies professor was dismissed in 2007 after he wrote a controversial essay about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The lower courts were right to rule in favor of the university and to find that it was entitled to “quasi-judicial immunity” in the professor’s case, the court ruled. Mr. Churchill’s lawyer said his client would appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Although we are mindful that a full-fledged, years-long investigation into a professor’s academic record taken in bad faith could chill the continued exercise of free speech, we conclude that the federal case law in this area is too unsettled to defeat the regents’ claim of qualified immunity,” the state Supreme Court judges ruled.

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