All eyes will be on Chief Denver District Judge Larry Naves on Wednesday as he takes arguments at an all-day hearing for and against giving ousted professor Ward Churchill his job back at the University of Colorado.All eyes on Naves? That'll make his robe slimy.
The judge has the option of ruling from the bench at the end of the hearing or issuing a written decision later. Neither the judge’s clerk nor the attorneys in the case would hazard a guess as to when Naves might announce his decision.No way he's gonna rule right away, he said with slimy certainty.
Qusair Mohamedbhai, one of Churchill’s lawyers, said no matter when the judge’s decision comes down, he is not assuming anything one way or the other.Or come home to roost.
“We’re definitely not counting any chickens before they are hatched,” he said Tuesday.
Each side said it will bring three to four witnesses to the hearing Wednesday.Another blogger cliche I've never used before: FAIL. On both sides.
CU’s list includes Chancellor Phil DiStefano and Todd Gleeson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Churchill’s legal team plans to call CU ethnic studies chairwoman Emma Perez and CU sociology professors Margaret LeCompte and Tom Mayer, in addition to Churchill himself.
Nantiya Ruan, a law professor at the University of Denver who practices employment law, said the hearing could be compelling despite the reams of motions and responses that have been filed in the case since the April 2 verdict.Oh, baby. And no, I can't go. Three new tenants will be crying for help--which I won't give, but I've got other things to do. Bathrooms: Brrrrrrr.
She said live witnesses [as opposed to dead ones]could give “depth” to the arguments that appear in the written motions. And even if the law in the matter may be clear to the judge by now, Ruan said, the facts of the case could be influenced by further testimony.
“If fleshing out the facts is going to come from this testimony, that could matter,” Ruan said Tuesday. “He might be hearing for the first time the depth of a motion.”