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Trial Date Set For Richard Spencer Supporter Vs. University Of Cincinnati

Richard Spencer speaking in November, 2016.
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Richard Spencer speaking in November, 2016.

A trial date is set in a white nationalist's lawsuit against the University of Cincinnati. U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott is scheduled to hear the case March 18, 2019.Cameron Padgett is suing UCon behalf of Richard Spencer, alleging the school wanted to charge too much for security measures surrounding a speech set that had been set for March 14. The complaint calls this a free speech violation and requests a judgment of $2 million and a jury trial.

According to the lawsuit, UC told Spencer's team the total cost would be $11,333; $500 for the room rental and $10,833 for "security costs and fees." The document calls UC's criteria for calculating the fee "facially unconstitutional."

In a response, UC rejects the idea that Spencer's First Amendment rights are being infringed.

Earlier this week, Spencer's attorneys dropped a suit against The Ohio State University, which refused to allow Spencer to speak on campus.

Kent State University also rejected a request to speak on the anniversary of the National Guard shooting.

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Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Most recently, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She served on the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2007 - 2009.