Free Speech Zones Unconstitutional--says Federal Judge

Is UNA continuing its own unconstitutional practice of permitting free speech only in an approximately 20-square foot  zone in front of the Guillot Center, a zone that is tiny  by comparison with the unconstitutionally-restrictive zone unconstitutionally established by the University of Cincinnati?  If so, then some student(s) who care about their First Amendment rights should challenge the University on this matter!

 

 

Here's why:

 

 

University Of Cincinnati Learns Of The First Amendment

June 13, 2012
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University Of Cincinnati Learns Of The First Amendment
The wonderful people at campus free speech defenders theFIRE.org have another victory on their hands:

CINCINNATI, June 12, 2012--In a ringing victory for student rights, a federal district court declared today that the University of Cincinnati's (UC's) tiny "free speech zone" violates the First Amendment. In his order enjoining enforcement of the challenged free speech zone policy, United States District Judge Timothy S. Black held that UC's free speech zone "violates the First Amendment and cannot stand." The suit was filed by Ohio's 1851 Center for Constitutional Law in cooperation with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

"Once again, a federal court has been forced to remind a public university of its constitutional obligation to uphold the free speech rights of its students," FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. "Ohioans should be pleased at the court's decision but outraged that a public college was willing to waste taxpayer money defending a policy that was manifestly unconstitutional from the very start."

Prior to today's court order, UC had required all "demonstrations, pickets, and rallies" to be held in a "Free Speech Area" that comprises just 0.1% of the university's 137-acre West Campus. University policy further required that all expressive activity in the free speech zone be registered with the university a full ten working days in advance, threatening that "[a]nyone violating this policy may be charged with trespassing."

Today's order prohibits UC from enforcing the policy, finding that "the University has simply offered no explanation of its compelling interest in restricting all demonstrations, rallies, and protests from all but one designated public forum on campus." The court further notes that it "would be compelled to find the policy unconstitutionally vague on its face."

http://amyalkon.mensnewsdaily....the-first-amendment/

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More at:

 

http://www.firstamendmentcente...udents-speech-rights

 

<<<Wednesday, June 13, 2012

CINCINNATI — A federal judge has blocked a southwest Ohio university from enforcing restrictions on student political speech on campus, saying the policy violates free speech.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Black ruled yesterday that the University of Cincinnati violated the First Amendment by restricting student political speech to a certain area and requiring prior notification and permission. The judge asked the university to rewrite its policy.>>>

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More yet at   :http://thefire.org/article/14568.html:

 

<<<Prior to today's court order, UC had required all "demonstrations, pickets, and rallies" to be held in a "Free Speech Area" that comprises just 0.1% of the university's 137-acre West Campus. University policy further required that all expressive activity in the free speech zone be registered with the university a full ten working days in advance, threatening that "[a]nyone violating this policy may be charged with trespassing."  

 

Today's order prohibits UC from enforcing the policy, finding that "the University has simply offered no explanation of its compelling interest in restricting all demonstrations, rallies, and protests from all but one designated public forum on campus." The court further notes that it "would be compelled to find the policy unconstitutionally vague on its face.">>>

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Here is a link to the judge's opinion and his order to the university: 


http://thefire.org/public/pdfs...f388def9c.pdf?direct



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