DENVER (AP) -- A University of Colorado professor fired following public outcry over an essay in which he compared some Sept. 11 victims to a Nazi is arguing his case before the Colorado Supreme Court.
The court will hear arguments Thursday afternoon regarding the 2007 termination of Ward Churchill. The university launched an investigation into the former ethnic studies professor's academic work following publicity surrounding his essay in which he described some victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as "little Eichmanns." Adolf Eichmann was the Nazi leader who helped orchestrate the Holocaust.
A 2009 finding by a jury that the school unlawfully fired Churchill was set aside. The court will consider whether the investigation violated Churchill's First Amendment Rights and whether the school's Board of Regents enjoys immunity from lawsuits.
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