“This weak attempt by the University of California, Berkeley to brush off their egregious free speech violations is staggering”
Young Americans for Freedom and the College Republicans sued Berkeley after Ann Coulter’s speech was cancelled a few months ago but the school doesn’t want to hear it.
The Daily Caller reports:
UC Berkeley Tries To Dismiss Free Speech Lawsuit
The University of California, Berkeley is trying to dismiss a free speech lawsuit filed following the cancelation of Ann Coulter’s speech at the school in April.
UC Berkeley attorneys — including Janet Napolitano, system president of the University of California, and Nicholas Dirks, chancellor of UC Berkeley — insist the claims made by Young America’s Foundation (YAF) and the Berkeley College Republicans are “moot,” according to a court document obtained by Campus Reform Friday.
“The alleged restrictions were viewpoint neutral because they were not motivated by disagreement with the speaker’s viewpoint,” said the attorneys.
The attorneys assert that the cancelation Coulter’s speech had nothing to do with the author’s political views, arguing that there were instead “constitutional ‘time, place, and, manner regulations’” which restricted the her speech.
“This weak attempt by the University of California, Berkeley to brush off their egregious free speech violations is staggering but unfortunately unsurprising given their demonstrated pattern of suppressing the First Amendment rights of conservatives on campus,” said Spencer Brown, spokesman for Young America’s Foundation. “As Young America’s Foundation has done throughout the last half-century, YAF will continue to stand up for students’ rights when their own schools engage in flagrant obstruction of free expression.”
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