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DOJ PLANS INVOLVEMENT IN MORE HIGHER ED FREE SPEECH CASES

By Stephanie Murray
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

AMHERST, MASS., OCT. 9, 2017....Colleges and universities in Massachusetts have grappled with free speech and First Amendment rights in recent years - especially when controversial speakers come to town.

The debate over free speech and counter-protests was recently elevated when Attorney General Jeff Sessions in late September called the American college campus "an echo chamber of political correctness and homogeneous thought, a shelter for fragile egos" during a speech at the Georgetown University Law School.

Sessions said he believes free speech on college campuses is under attack and advocated for First Amendment rights over "disruptive tactics" of hecklers who try to stop controversial speakers. There's been a "crackdown on speech" on campuses spanning "creeds, races, issues and religions," he said.


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