By Christopher N. Osher
The court ruled that Denver District Judge Larry Naves was right to direct a verdict in favor of the university and to find that the university was entitled to "quasi-judicial immunity."
"We conclude that the nature of the decision reached by the university and its regents, and the process by which that decision was reached, shared enough characteristics with the judicial process to warrant absolute immunity from liability," states the opinion from Judge Dennis Graham, who was writing for the Court of Appeals.
Churchill's lawyer, David Lane, said he will try to convince the Colorado Supreme Court to take up the case. He predicted the case could eventually end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. Churchill has vowed that he will teach again at the university.
For more on the subject, see ACLU Backs Ward Churchill and Cook-Lynn: Don't Rehire Churchill.
Below: "Ward Churchill testifies during his reinstatement hearing at the Denver City and County Building in Denver, Wednesday, July 1, 2009." (The Daily Camera/Mark Leffingwell)