University of San Diego
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March 22, 2021
On March 10, 2021, Thomas Smith, a law professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, posted on his personal blog an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal article about the origin of COVID-19. Smith added his commentary to the excerpt, stating that those who believe the coronavirus was not created in a… Read more
May 4, 2021
After two months and two letters from FIRE, the University of San Diego has finally ended its investigation into professor Thomas Smith and determined that he cannot be punished for a personal blog post. On March 10, Smith posted to his blog an excerpt of a Wall Street Journal article criticizing the Chinese government’s response… Read more
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April 14, 2021
SAN DIEGO, Calif., April 13, 2021 — Almost a month after launching a preliminary investigation into law professor Tom Smith’s online comments criticizing the Chinese government, the University of San Diego School of Law is doubling down on its violation of Smith’s expressive rights. In defiance of free speech advocacy efforts by the Foundation for… Read more
April 1, 2021
The University of San Diego School of Law is continuing to investigate a professor for a post on his personal blog expressing doubt about COVID-19’s origins in China. As FIRE previously reported, law professor Thomas Smith posted, on his personal blog, an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal article about the theory that COVID-19 originated… Read more
FIRE calls on University of San Diego Law to cease investigating professor for criticizing Chinese government
March 23, 2021
University of San Diego School of Law is investigating law professor Tom Smith for a post on his personal blog, in which he referred to individuals who believe that the coronavirus did not come from a lab in Wuhan as “swallowing a whole lot of Chinese cock swaddle.” On March 10, Smith posted on his… Read more