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    10/24/2012 3:12:35 PM Posted by Patrick Coyle

    Oregon State UniversityBy Stephen Smoot

    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had strong words for Oregon State University and its president Ed Ray.

    Suppressing conservative campus papers and destroying their property violates the Constitution. 

    During the winter of 2008-2009, campus officials ordered the removal of distribution bins and copies of The Liberty, a conservative paper produced by Oregon State students and sponsored by the campus group OSU Students' Alliance.

    According to the Yamhill Valley News Register, officials were enforcing an existing, but unwritten, policy restricting the placement of "off campus" publication bins.

    The 9th Circuit agreed with the conservative group that The Liberty was an on campus publication.  It also said that it had "little trouble" finding constitutional problems with the university's decisions. 

    While its legal fight is not yet over, The Liberty did score a victory by convincing the usually liberal 9th Circuit to restore their case after it had been tossed by a lower court.

    Read more here.

    Stephen Smoot is the Director of Academic Programs for the National Journalism Center

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