I don’t for a moment believe that conservative speakers will have an easy time of it at UC Berkeley, no matter what terms have been agreed to, but the YAF settlement appears to shut down some of the administrative tactics that were used to marginalize conservative speakers, and sets an important precedent for schools around the country.
It’s also sweet to see Janet Napolitano having to back down on free speech for conservative speakers.
Following more than a year of hard-fought litigation in the hostile Ninth Circuit, Young America’s Foundation secured victory for free speech against the University of California, Berkeley. Through YAF’s lawsuit and subsequent settlement agreement executed over the weekend, UC Berkeley agreed to the following terms set by Young America’s Foundation:
1) Pay Young America’s Foundation $70,000.
2) Rescind the unconstitutional “high-profile speaker policy.”
3) Rescind the viewpoint-discriminatory security fee policy.
4) Abolish its heckler’s veto—protestors will no longer be able to shut down conservative expression.
Read the full story from Front Page Mag
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