Ward Churchill Files Appeal

July 23, 2009

Ward Churchill is hoping that the jury that heard his suit against the University of Colorado can persuade the judge to change his mind. The jury found for Churchill, but lacked the authority under state law to give him back his job as a tenured professor of ethnic studies at the Boulder campus. The judge then threw out the jury's finding, giving Churchill nothing. The judge found the findings by the university that Churchill engaged in research misconduct to be credible, and the processes used by the university to have had reasonable due process protections. But Churchill's lawyer has now filed a statement from one of the jurors, saying that the jury wanted Churchill reinstated, The Denver Post reported. "A majority of the jurors thought that the academic misconduct charges were not valid," Bethany Newill, a juror, wrote. "We felt that the procedures afforded to Churchill by the University of Colorado, before his termination, were biased."

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