A jury ruled Thursday that the University of Colorado wrongly fired the professor who compared some Sept. 11 victims to a Nazi, a verdict that gives the professor $1 and a chance to get his job back...
Churchill said claims including plagiarism were just a cover and that he never would have been fired if it weren't for the essay in which he called World Trade Center victims "little Eichmanns," a reference to Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi leader who helped orchestrate the Holocaust. Jurors agreed.
I'll agree that he might very well have gotten away with his plagiarism if he hadn't made the Nazi comments, but once the plagiarism was brought to the university's attention, was the school supposed to ignore it? Well, according to this jury, perhaps they were.
University spokesman Ken McConnellogue said the university will review its options before deciding whether to appeal.
"(The verdict) doesn't change the fact that more than 20 of his faculty peers found that he engaged in plagiarism and other academic misconduct," McConnellogue said.
Verdicts like this cause me to lose faith not only in our legal system, but in my fellow citizens.