YCCD gets extension in Modesto Junior College free speech lawsuit

December 28, 2013

by Nan Austin at The Modesto Bee

MODESTO — The Yosemite Community College District will get eight more weeks to settle a free speech lawsuit, with the filing of a stipulation to that effect.

The reprieve from a Dec. 30 deadline in the case came after Modesto Junior College suspended its requirement that students stand in a small concrete corner of the quad and get advance permission to speak, said MJC student Robert Van Tuinen.

The case stems from a Sept. 17 incident on the east campus, when Van Tuinen was not allowed to hand out copies of the U.S. Constitution by the student center on Constitution Day. Video of him arguing with a security officer and administrators, posted on YouTube, has drawn more than 167,000 views and national attention...

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