UF ready for legal battle if supporter of white nationalist sues

UF ready for legal battle if supporter of white nationalist sues


AVE OFFICIALS — UF OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE READY TO FIGHT. ALEX: AS A SUPPORTER OF WHITE NATIONALISTS, LEADER RICHARD SPENCER VOWS TO SUE, UF IS NOT BACKING DOWN. THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA DENIED HIS GROUP’S REQUEST TO RENT A PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ON CAMPUS FOR A SPEECH IN SEPTEMBER. THE SCHOOL CITED THE LIKELIHOOD OF VIOLENCE AFTER CHARLOTTESVILLE. SHOULD UF BE CHALLENGED LEGALLY, A SPOKESWOMAN TELLS ME QUOTE WE ARE PREPARED TO VIGOROUSLY DEFEND THE PRESIDENT’S DECISION. IT’S ONE MANY STUDENTS SUPPORT.>>I THINK IT WOULD JUST CAUSE CHAOS TO HAVE HIM SPEAK HERE. ALEX: BUT SPENCER IS CALLING IT AN ATTACK ON FREE SPEECH. IN A TEXT MESSAGE TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, HE CALLED THE MOVE INFURIATING. THE SPEECH ORGANIZER PLANNING THE LAWSUIT AGAINST UF TOLD THE AP, I SIGNED AN AGREEMENT AND SENT IT IN TO THE EVENT COORDINATOR. I DON’T KNOW WHO’S ADVISING THEM ON WHY THEY THINK THEY CAN DO THIS. ALEX: EARLIER THIS YEAR, THAT SAME ORGANIZER WON A LAWSUIT AGAINST AUBURN UNIVERSITY AFTER IT MOVED TO BAN AN APPEARANCE BY SPENCER. BUT UF’S SPOKESWOMAN TELLS WESH 2 THEIR CASE IS DIFFERENT, COMING AFTER CONTINUED CALLS ONLINE AND IN SOCIAL MEDIA FOR VIOLENCE IN GAINESVILLE, SIMILAR TO WHAT HAPPENED IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, SUCH AS THOSE DECREEING THE NEXT BATTLEFIELD IS IN FLORIDA. JANINE SIKES: THE LAW DOES NOT REQUIRE A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY TO RISK VIOLENCE AND BODILY INJURY IN THE PURSUIT OF FREE SPEECH.

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