Denver District Court Judge Larry Naves has yet to rule on whether the University of Colorado must give Ward Churchill his job back or pay to make him go away. But CU has already promised that it will "vigorously challenge" any effort by Churchill to rejoin the faculty.
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"Vigorously challenge"? That should be a refreshing change from the way CU defended itself in the trial that ended last week with a jury finding that Churchill had been fired for exercising his First Amendment rights -- even it it only awarded him a buck in damages. The school has plenty of real reasons to keep Churchill off its teaching roster, but in its early failure to "vigorously challenge" the controversial prof has CU's new bluster looking a day late -- and now a dollar short.