Attorney threatens to sue UC Berkeley over Ann Coulter speech rescheduling

BERKELEY — An attorney for the UC Berkeley student group that invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus April 27 has given the university a 5 p.m. Friday ultimatum to provide the conservative celebrity a forum as originally scheduled, or face possible litigation.

On Wednesday, the university called off Coulter’s scheduled April 27 appearance because officials said they could not guarantee the safety of her or the people attending. On Thursday, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said in a statement that Coulter has been invited instead to speak on the afternoon of May 2.

Coulter is the author of “In Trump We Trust” and about a dozen other books.

In a letter to UC Berkeley interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton, dated Thursday, attorney Harmeet Dhillon characterized the university’s action as a denial of her clients’ First Amendment rights.

Dhillon, of San Francisco-based Dhillon Law Group Inc., represents event sponsor Berkeley College Republicans and event supporter Young Americas Foundation.

“The University’s actions violate fundamental principles of free speech, equal protection, and due process guaranteed by the United States Constitution, and will not be tolerated,” Dhillon wrote.

Earlier on Thursday, at a press conference at Haas Pavilion, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said the venue for a May 2 Coulter appearance would be “somewhere on campus property” and that details will be announced when they are worked out with the Coulter organization and the College…

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