April 3, 2009
Churchill Wins Lawsuit, but Only $1 in Damages
A jury ruled on Thursday that the University of Colorado had illegally fired Ward Churchill in response to statements protected by the First Amendment. But it awarded the controversial ethnic-studies scholar only a token $1 in damages, leaving experts on academic freedom confused as to exactly what message other colleges should draw from the verdict.
Judge Larry J. Naves, who presided over the four-week trial in a state court in Denver, gave both sides 30 days to file motions