Judge asks UT-Austin if harassment policy could ban rivalry with Texas A&M

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel would rather get this First Amendment lawsuit off his docket and have the parties resolve their differences privately.

Speech First’s effort to halt the University of Texas-Austin’s speech codes got off to a rocky start at a Friday court hearing. While the nonprofit free-speech group is seeking a preliminary injunction against the codes as the lawsuit proceeds, Yeakel said he would rather rule quickly on the most basic issue: whether Speech First has legal standing.

The public university agreed with Yeakel’s preference, and its lawyer Charles Babcock even suggested that Speech First’s pseudonymous student clients may not exist.

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