Los Angeles, CA (March 13, 2019) – After two years of legal wrangling, including two motions filed by the Univ. of California, Berkeley, to dismiss a lawsuit targeting the university for allowing anarchist demonstrators to viciously attack visitors to the campus attending a conservative event there, a federal district judge in Oakland, CA, has decided that injured victims of the attacks can proceed with their lawsuit.
The case, which was filed in the United States District Court, Northern Division, Oakland, is Jennings, et al. v. Janet Napolitano, et al., 4:18-cv-0268-CW.
Judge Claudia Wilson ruled that the UC Berkeley police created a dangerous situation that exposed the plaintiffs to attacking demonstrators by closing off escape routes and that the plaintiffs have alleged sufficient facts for the case to go forward.
Freedom X president and chief counsel Bill Becker stated the decision should give UC Berkeley pause whether it wants to fully litigate the case. “Even in liberal Oakland, we were able to obtain a fair ruling,” Becker stated. “President Trump will soon be issuing a campus Free Speech executive order to prevent universities from encouraging assaults on conservatives. This victory assists in advancing that goal.”
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