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    Posted: Apr 26 2018 at 12:07pm

UC Berkeley must face lawsuit alleging bias against conservative speakers


By Jonathan Stempel

(Reuters) - A federal judge rejected the University of California at Berkeley's bid to dismiss a lawsuit claiming it discriminated against conservative speakers like Ann Coulter by imposing unreasonable restrictions and fees on their appearances.

In a decision late Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney in San Francisco said two conservative groups could pursue claims that the school applied its "high-profile speaker" and "major events" policies in a manner that unfairly suppressed conservative speech.

But the judge also said she was "unpersuaded" by claims that the school engaged in intentional viewpoint discrimination, and said the plaintiffs could not seek punitive damages.

The Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America's Foundation, a Tennessee group, had sued after the university canceled Coulter's scheduled speech last April 27, citing security concerns.

UC Berkeley is known as the birthplace of the student-led Free Speech Movement of the 1960s. Like other schools, it has tried to welcome different views without jeopardizing safety or its educational mission.

Spokespeople and lawyers for the school did not immediately respond on Thursday to requests for comment. University of California President Janet Napolitano is also a defendant.

The major events policy was adopted in July, and gave school officials discretion to take various steps to ensure security.

While saying the policy was not too vague, Chesney said the plaintiffs may pursue an equal protection claim over a security fee charged for an appearance by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro that was well above a fee at the same venue for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, part of the court's liberal bloc.

"It is good news that the case is going forward," Harmeet Dhillon, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in a phone interview on Thursday. "The First Amendment is a core constitutional principle, and every government policy that restricts, censors or bars otherwise legal speech is unconstitutional."

The case is Young America's Foundation et al v Napolitano et al, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 17-02255.

Story source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/uc-berkeley-must-face-lawsuit-alleging-bias-against-140227195.html

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Ann Coulter is right. Period.

BY LEONARD PITTS, JR.
lpitts@miamiherald.com

April 28, 2017 09:34 PM

Updated April 29, 2017 03:31 PM

Look, I’m the guy who once called her a “viperous harridan,” OK?

That was 11 years ago in this space. I described her as such after she savaged four widows whose husbands died in the Sept. 11 attacks, denouncing them as “witches” and “broads” who were “enjoying their husbands’ deaths.”

So I don’t need to be convinced Ann Coulter is a bad person. But for as much as readers with whom I have been sparring on Twitter the last few days might wish otherwise, her character is not the issue here.

Berkeley, you should know, has been the site of recent political street fighting. A February riot orchestrated by about 100 black-clad punks caused $100,000 in damage and succeeded in preventing an appearance by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannoupolos. UCB said there was a credible threat of a repeat performance if Coulter spoke.

She had vowed to show up anyhow and appear, if need be, in Sproul Plaza, an open public concourse that was, not incidentally, the 1964 birthplace of the free-speech movement. Wednesday, under pressure from UCB, the two conservative groups that were sponsoring her visit rescinded the invitation, and Coulter said she would not come.

Many of my more liberal Twitter followers, loathe to support Coulter on, well, anything, have resisted — sometimes with desperately creative logic — the notion that this is an issue of free speech. Here are some of their arguments and my answers:

Them: The First Amendment applies only to government censorship.

Me: You’re right. And UCB is a public institution, supported by taxpayer money, which makes this a government issue.

Them: She’s milking this for publicity.

Me: Maybe. So what?

Them: She doesn’t care about free speech. She’s getting paid.

Me: I get paid when I speak, too. Again, so what?

Them: UCB never actually said she couldn’t speak.

Me: The courts have held that you may not “unduly burden” the right of free speech, i.e., impose special requirements upon a controversial speaker. That’s why the city of Miami lost in federal court in 2003 after it billed a promoter for the cost of extra security required to bring a band loathed by some in the Cuban exile community to the Miami Arena.

Here’s the bottom line: I don’t care whether it’s Castro’s favorite band playing in downtown Miami or a viperous harridan speaking at Berkeley. It wouldn’t matter if it were Louis Farrakhan at Ole Miss or Bernie Sanders at the High School of Economics and Finance just off Wall Street. The right to free expression is either secured for all or it’s guaranteed to none.

So here is what should offend you even more than Coulter, particularly if you live in a place like Berkeley, with its 121,000 people and 170 police officers. A bunch of thugs just established that you can bully a public institution in a relatively small town into disinviting a controversial speaker. Which of our other freedoms will they come after next?

Coulter called Wednesday “a sad day for free speech.” This next sentence will cause physical pain for some of you to read, but you need to just the same:

Ann Coulter was right.

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