News from Ward Churchill’s Court Case Against the University of Colorado (Days 1 and 2)

News for March 10, 2009

This week saw the start of the trial of the University of Colorado over its dismissal of Ward Churchill on the grounds that his firing was punishment for Churchill’s constitutionally protected free speech. At least four blogs are now covering the daily proceedings, which began on March 9 and are scheduled to last until March 27. The first blog, The Ward Churchill Trial, has a post up for today (“Not a Coincidence” March 11) detailing some of the exchanges between Churchill’s attorney and Phil DiStefano who was the CU Chancellor at the time of the university’s prosecution against Churchill following the media frenzy over his 9/11 essay. The exchange served to underline the fact that the timing of the CU case against Churchill was very telling, and directly connected not to questions of alleged plagiarism, etc., but rather the exposure of his 9/11 essay.

Thanks to The Ward Churchill Trial, I learned of three more blogs covering the proceedings:

For coverage of Days 1 and 2, dealing with jury selection and opening statements, see:

  1. Churchill v. University of Colorado: Day One
  2. WARD CHURCHILL TRIAL BLOG: Jury seated; openings Tuesday morning
  3. Churchill v. University of Colorado: Day 1 (The Times They Are A Changing)
  4. Churchill Afternoon Jury Selection
  5. Churchill v. Nacchio: The Relaxed Enviornment In the Denver District Court
  6. Churchill v. University of Colorado: The Times They Are A Changing (Part 2)
  7. Churchill v. University of Colorado: Opening Statements
  8. Churchill v. University of Colorado: Day Two (Some Interesting Moments)
  9. Churchill v. U of Colorado: Morning Session – Opening Statements
  10. Churchill v. University of Colorado: Day #2, Afternoon Session
  11. Churchill v. University of Colorado: The Unquestioned Witness in the Courtroom
  12. WARD CHURCHILL TRIAL BLOG: Lane needles DiStefano for violating confidentiality rules
  13. Ward Churchill’s lawyer: ‘It was an absolute mob mentality’