The Department of Justice is siding with conservatives in their free speech case against the University of California, Berkeley.
The case, brought by the Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America’s Foundation, a conservative organization that works to promote intellectual diversity on college campuses, alleges that the University of California’s policies for high profile speakers and major events violated their First and 14th Amendment rights by granting administrators “unfettered discretion” to decide which speakers are subject to stricter rules. These rules include which speakers would be subject to curfews, prohibitive security costs, or undesirable venues, in addition to having full discretion over what determines a “high-profile speaker.”
In a statement of interest, the DOJ contended that “both Policies suffer from the same constitutional defect: they grant University administrators unbridled discretion to decide when, how, and against whom to apply the policies.”
The Berkeley College Republicans have worked with YAF to bring conservative speakers to campus several times in the last year, including conservative firebrand Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro, but each time the group was subject to strict rules not enforced consistently across student groups. At one point, the University set a 3 p.m. curfew that conflicted with classes.
Read more at the Washington Examiner.