Justice Department Sides With Conservative Groups In Free Speech Lawsuit Against Berkeley


The Justice Department plans to file a statement of interest siding with two conservative groups who have sued the University of California at Berkeley, alleging that administrators created logistical and other hurdles that forced the cancellation or modification of planned events with right-leaning speakers.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Thursday on CNN that the department was getting involved in the case because officials wanted “to protect against universities – the government really, if you’re a public university – deciding which speech is favored, which ideas are too controversial to even allow to be heard on a college campus.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been outspoken about free speech on college campuses, and in advance of his department’s planned court filing, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand penned a column for Fox News criticizing the practices at some colleges.

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