Bloomberg Law
Aug. 21, 2023, 9:03 PM

LSU Professors Immune From Theater Student’s Free Speech Suit

Patrick Dorrian
Patrick Dorrian

Four Louisiana State University professors are immune from all of a former student’s claims that he was deprived of due process and forced out of a doctoral theater program over his conservative political views.

The ruling Monday by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit turned on whether the legal theory Andrew Babinski pursued on two claims was established enough at the time for the faulty members to have known that acting as they would violates the First Amendment. Because qualified immunity only bars legal claims against state officials when their actions violate clearly established law and the ...

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