First Amendment Lives on Campus (at least a little)

Originally posted 2010-06-28 01:00:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The online New York Law Journal (sub. required) reports on an important free speech case:

Vesting a student association with virtually unbridled discretion in doling out funds for campus organizations is a facial violation of the First Amendment because it implicitly permits the governing body to deny funding based on the content of the applying group’s speech, a Northern District judge has held in a case involving the State University at Albany.

Here’s a free link.  The premise of this decision is that money and speech are pretty darned closely related. I wonder what Senator McCain would think.

UPDATE:  The decision was affirmed by the Second Circuit in November, 2007, and here’s a recent analysis of the decision’s practical implications.

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