A court in California has delivered a major blow to the use of restrictive “free speech zones” by colleges, which often relegate unwanted viewpoints to the backwaters of their properties.
Judge Otis Wright II of the U.S. District Court in California has ruled that a complaint brought by a student against Pierce College in the Los Angeles Community College District can go to trial.
The campus-liberty group Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, noted that while there have been many such cases, this one was set apart because the Department of Justice intervened, siding with the student and against the college and its “free speech zone.”
FIRE’s Marieke Tukthill Beck-Coon explained the case in a video:
The Justice Department’s brief said: “Under the First Amendment, there is aThis post was originally published on this site