COURTS RULE THAT CONSERVATIVE STUDENTS CAN SUE SCHOOL FOR FREE SPEECH

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From The Los Angeles Times:

A conservative student activist who was sanctioned for violating a prohibition on harassment can try to hold a California university liable for retaliating against him for expressing his free speech rights, a federal appeals court decided Thursday.

“The First Amendment does not give a free pass to students who violate university rules simply because they can plausibly show that faculty or administrators disapprove of their political views,”  Judge William A. Fletcher, a Clinton appointee,wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

But university faculty may be held liable if they seek to “punish and muzzle” a student in retaliation for expressing views they oppose, the court said.