DENVER • A judge has refused to reconsider his ruling that the University of Colorado doesn't have to reinstate former professor Ward Churchill.

A Denver district judge ruled in July that the university didn't have to rehire Churchill, even though a jury found his firing was politically motivated after his essay likening some 9/11 victims to a Nazi.

Last week, the judge rejected a request from Churchill's lawyer asking him to reconsider. The attorney, David Lane, says he will appeal.

University officials were pressured to fire Churchill over his essay, but they concluded they couldn't because of First Amendment protections.

However, they launched an investigation into the research behind his other writings, and in 2007 he was fired on charges of plagiarism and research misconduct.