Federal Court Revives Student Paper's Lawsuit Against Oregon State U Officials

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A federal appeals court has revived a complaint filed against Oregon State University officials by the creators of a conservative-leaning student newspaper.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday it had "little trouble" finding constitutional violations on the part of university officials. It reversed a lower-court decision to dismiss the case.

Supporters of The Liberty filed the lawsuit in 2009, alleging that university President Ed Ray and other school officials granted the official campus newspaper numerous distribution bins while arbitrarily limiting The Liberty's reach.

The Liberty's seven outdoor bins disappeared from campus during the winter of 2008-09 while other papers, including off-campus papers, were left untouched.

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