Cases

O’Brien v. Welty

Summary

Neil O’Brien was a student at California State University, Fresno. When students published an anti-American poem in the school newspaper, O’Brien went to speak with a professor in the Chicano Latino studies department and asked whether the professor had endorsed the poem. O’Brien tried to video the interview, but the professor called the cops. Three professors then filed police reports and initiated a university judicial process against him for “harassment” and “intimidation.” The University found him guilty. O’Brien sued and the case is ongoing in regards to his First Amendment retaliation claim.

Details

Institution: California State University, Fresno

Location: Fresno, CA

Topic: Speech Code

Intervention: Litigation

Outcome: Pending

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