U.S. Justice Department attacks U-M speech code in court filing

The U.S. Department of Justice went on the attack against the University of Michigan’s free speech code Monday, saying universities and colleges haven’t done a good job of creating true freedom of speech on their campuses.

“In recent years, many institutions of higher education have failed to uphold these freedoms, and free speech has come under attack on campuses across the country,” the justice department said in a statement of interest filed in federal court. The statement was filed in a suit brought by a group looking to bring down U-M’s speech code.

“Freedom of speech and expression on the American campus are under attack,” Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio said in a statement. “This Justice Department, under the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is committed to promoting and defending Americans’ first freedom at public universities.”

The statement came in a suit filed in May by a group called Speech First.

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