US Court Tosses Suit Over Free Speech At LA College

SAN FRANCISCO(AP) — A federal appeals court has tossed out the
lawsuit of a California community college student who claimed that a teacher illegally berated him in class for making a speech opposing same-sex marriage.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday unanimously overturned a lower court decision allowing Los Angeles City College student Jonathan Lopez’ case to go forward.

A three-judge panel says Lopez failed to show he was harmed by the incident days after California voters in November 2008 enacted Proposition 8 a ban on gay marriages.

Lopez alleged that speech instructor John Matteson cut him off midway through his oration when he quoted a dictionary definition of marriage and recited a pair of Bible verses. He said Matteson
also called him a “fascist bastard.”

  • Mini Mousekat

    So will LACCD give him his job back, I hope? Just goes to show that students can push teachers around in LACCD and get their own way. I have seen it happen myself.

  • DON

    Next time the Speech Professor should assign a Demonstrative Speech if he can’t handle a Motivational Speech assigned to his students. Unless they are first told their opinions must match his/hers in advance. Sorry professor not ALL students are Left Wing liberals

  • True Lies

    The trouble is MOST all professors are HARD LEFT wing nuts and alternative viewpoints on universities are as hard to find as water in Death Valley in summer!

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