High Court Won't Hear Prof's Suit Over 9/11 Essay State courts backed firing by University of Colorado By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Apr 1, 2013 11:51 AM CDT 23 comments Comments Ward Churchill, who was a tenured professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, talks with supporters in the halls of Denver district court after a jury ruled on Thursday, April 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (Newser) – A former professor's lawsuit following his firing from the University of Colorado has been stopped in its tracks. The Supreme Court won't hear Ward Churchill's case against the school, Reuters reports. He was fired after an investigation cited problems with his academic work, but the probe was sparked by a controversial essay that likened 9/11 victims to Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Churchill says he was denied free speech, calling the firing a response to the essay. Colorado courts ultimately backed the university, arguing that its "quasi-judicial action" prevented Churchill from suing.