Justice Department supports lawsuit against University of Michigan speech restrictions

The Justice Department on Monday filed a statement of interest in a lawsuit that claims the University of Michigan is restricting free speech.

The lawsuit was filed by Washington-based group Speech First on May 8 in the Eastern District of Michigan, and claims the university’s Bias Response Team censors “staggering amounts of protected speech and expression,” and thus violates students’ First Amendment rights.

“Instead of protecting free speech, the university imposes a system of arbitrary censorship of, and punishment for, constitutionally protected speech,” the Justice Department said in its statement in support of the lawsuit.

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