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‘Freedom wins,’ says Modesto Junior College student, but free speech lawsuit settlement not final

February 27, 2014

by Nan Austin at The Modesto Bee

MODESTO — The Yosemite Community College District has opened up free-speech areas as sought by a federal lawsuit, but a settlement announced earlier this week has not happened, Chancellor Joan Smith said.

Robert Van Tuinen, a Modesto Junior College student, filed the lawsuit Oct. 10 after MJC staff prevented him from handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, Constitution Day. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education paid the legal costs to file the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Fresno, Van Tuinen said at the time, adding he did not expect to receive any money from the case...

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