Conservatives can sue UC Berkeley over restrictions to speakers, judge rules

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Conservative groups at UC Berkeley can sue the school over the restrictions it placed on high-profile speakers after violent protests over the planned appearance of right-wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney of Oakland on Wednesday said the Berkeley College Republicans and Young America’s Foundation could proceed with their suit over university standards for “high-profile” speakers, imposed after the Yiannopoulos protests and over alleged discrimination in security fees.

Yiannopoulos’ February 2017 speech was canceled after a student demonstration was taken over by masked protesters who smashed windows and set fires. He then spoke for a few minutes on campus in September in an event that conservatives had promoted as “free speech week.”

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