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Thu Jan 11, 2018, 07:54 AM

Lawsuit: Univ. of Cincinnati charging 'unconstitutional' security fees for Richard Spencer speech

A new lawsuit has been filed against the University of Cincinnati, accusing the school of charging excessive security fees during the scheduled visit of white supremacist Richard Spencer.

The lawsuit filed in federal court on Monday accuses University of Cincinnati President Neville Pinto of charging an "unconstitutional security fee" in order to rent the room for the speech. The lawsuit says that Pinto deliberately violated Cameron Padgett's right to free speech by charging the fee.

Padgett, a Georgia State University student, has organized a number of events for Spencer.

Spencer is scheduled to speak at the University of Cincinnati during the University's spring break in March in Zimmer Auditorium, a 400-seat lecture hall.

The lawsuit states that on Dec. 15, Padgett's legal team learned they would have to pay a $500 rental fee and $10,833 in security costs and fees.

Read more: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2018/01/09/lawsuit-university-cincinnati-charging-unconstitutional-security-fees-richard-spencer-speech/1015946001/

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