Spencer wins legal fight on Auburn speech
A federal judge ordered Auburn University to let white nationalist Richard Spencer speak at the college Tuesday evening as previously planned, despite administrators predicting his presence will trigger potentially violent protests.
U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins granted a restraining order Tuesday afternoon barring Auburn University from “cancelling, prohibiting or preventing listeners from attending” a speaking engagement at 7 p.m. local time featuring Mr. Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank.
“I’m enthusiastic,” Mr. Spencer told The Washington Times after the judge’s decision was announced but before the evening speech. “The ruling was correct according to the law and set an important precedent.”
Mr. Spencer announced last Wednesday that he planned to speak at Auburn on April 18, but the
event was canceled by college administrators two days later on account of safety concerns.
“While Mr. Spencer’s beliefs and message are controversial, Auburn presented no evidence that Mr. Spencer advocates violence,” the judge wrote.