Spencer wins le­gal fight on Auburn speech

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — An­drew Blake

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.

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