UC Berkeley Can’t Block Lawsuit Alleging Censorship of Conservatives, Judge Rules

A federal judge this week rejected the University of California at Berkeley’s effort to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the school of discriminating against conservative speakers.

U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney in San Francisco said two conservative groups can proceed with a lawsuit claiming the university imposed its “major events” policy and an earlier policy for “high-profile speakers” — resulting in unreasonable restrictions and fees suppressing conservative speech on campus, Reuters reported.

Harmeet Dhillon, who represents the plaintiffs, welcomed the court decision.

“It is good news that the case is going forward,” she told Reuters on Thursday. “The First Amendment is a core constitutional principle, and every government policy that restricts, censors or bars otherwise legal speech is unconstitutional.”

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