Republican Students Sue to Allow Ann Coulter’s Speech This Week at UC Berkeley

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A Republican student group on Monday filed a lawsuit demanding that UC Berkeley allow conservative pundit Ann Coulter to speak on campus Thursday as originally planned.

Political commentator and author Ann Coulter attends The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe at Sony Studios on Aug. 27, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)

Citing unspecified threats, administrators had rescheduled Coulter’s appearance for May 2, when they said the university could provide adequate security.

But in its free-speech lawsuit, the Berkeley College Republicans — which planned to host Coulter — called that date a “sham” intended to ensure her address was poorly attended.

According to Harmeet Dhillon, a lawyer representing the students, Berkeley has adopted an unwritten policy under which it declares certain speakers as “high profile” and then restricts when and where they can appear on campus.

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