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Columbia Spectator Staff

Former Teachers College professor Madonna Constantine, who was fired in 2008 after accusations of plagiarism, lost one of her three lawsuits against TC, according to the Associated Press.

Constantine, a formerly tenured professor who gained notoriety October 2007 when a noose was found on her office door, will continue seeking $200 million in compensatory damages for defamation against Teachers College.

A grand jury was called in March 2008 to investigate the noose finding.

In another pending lawsuit, Constantine calls the defendants'—which include a former TC professor and two former TC students—accusations an "invidious scheme" that was meant to ruin her scholarly reputation in what amounts to "an academic lynching."

The judge ruled that TC officials were within their rights to terminate Constantine, who denies these charges. The judge filed the ruling on Tuesday.

Constantine denies these charges.

In February of 2008,, TC announced that Constantine had been found guilty of plagiarizing passages from the work of three former students and colleagues. After Constantine appealed the decision, TC found her guilty once again and raised the penalties from undefined sanctions to termination, a move lauded by some but condemned by Constantine.

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