School Fired Prof Over 9/11 Essay: Jury
He wins case after calling victims 'little Eichmanns'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2009 9:02 PM CDT
Ward Churchill responds to questions in Denver after the verdict.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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(Newser) – A jury decided today that the University of Colorado unjustly fired one of its professors after he called 9/11 victims "little Eichmanns" in an essay, the Denver Post reports. Jurors, however, awarded Ward Churchill only $1 in damages. A judge will now determine whether the school must reinstate Churchill and pay him any lost wages.

The school "not only violated my rights, but my students' rights and the community's rights," said Churchill. The $1 judgment didn't bother him because his suit was about "justice," he said, adding that he expected to be reinstated. Churchill's essay of Sept. 12, 2001, blamed misguided US policies for drawing the attacks, and it said some of the financial workers who died in the World Trade Center were complicit, notes the New York Times.