Churchill Suit Goes to Jury

April 2, 2009

Ward Churchill's lawsuit against the University of Colorado is now in the hands of the jury. The Denver Post reported on closing arguments in the case, in which Churchill maintains he was fired for his political views and the university says that he was fired for repeated instances of scholarly misconduct. Patrick O'Rourke, the universit's lawyer, closed by saying: "The University of Colorado must diligently prevent misconduct. That applies to every student and every faculty member to everybody who does anything in the university's name. You cannot plagiarize, you cannot falsify, you cannot fabricate." David Lane, Churchill's lawyer, stressed his belief that university officials were not truthful when they explained the motives for dismissing Churchill. "The regents, the lying liars, and almost all of them got on the stand — you heard them lie about what was on the table," Lane said. "So they go through this charade of fairness."

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