The University of California at Berkeley may soon pay a price for trampling the First Amendment rights of conservative speakers and students on its storied campus.
That’s because a federal judge rejected the campus administration’s request to summarily dismiss an important civil rights lawsuit filed by the Young America’s Foundation and Berkeley College Republicans after their speakers and members received abominable treatment at the school.
“It is good news that the case is going forward,” Harmeet Dhillon, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said after the ruling. “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 v. Napolitano. The relevant order may be viewed here.)