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U Cincinnati Free Speech Restrictions Struck Down in Court

June 19, 2012

United States District Judge Timothy S. Black has ruled that the University of Cincinnati's free speech zone violates the First Amendment and cannot stand.

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...

Schools: University of Cincinnati Cases: University of Cincinnati: Speech Code Litigation