Prof Who Compared 9/11 Victims to Nazis Gets Ax

Academic vows to sue University of Colo.
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2007 6:11 AM CDT
University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, left, talks with his wife Natsu Saito prior to a special meeting of the Board of Regents considering his dismissal at the university on Tuesday, July...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The controversial academic who challenged the innocence of 9/11 victims and called them "little Eichmanns" was fired yesterday by the University of Colorado board of regents. The regents voted 8-1 to dismiss Ward Churchill, citing academic misconduct, including plagiarism and fraud. Churchill, who taught ethnic studies, said his free-speech rights were violated and he will sue the university.

"I'm going nowhere," Churchill said after the meeting, the Denver Post reports, as supporters held a loud demonstration on campus. "The world will perceive that he was fired for his free speech," Churchill's lawyer said, but the school's president said, "A great university can't be intimated by a lawsuit."