Stanford Law School dropped the diploma of a student who mocked two Republican lawmakers and a conservative society on campus during the January 6 riot.
Stanford determined that the mock flyer emailed to other law students fell within the scope of speech protection.
Nicholas Wallace, 33, had distributed a leaflet to his law school’s mailing list on Jan. 25 titled “The Originalist Case for Inciting Insurrection,” promoting a bogus event organized by the school’s Federalist Society. who invited Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo. , and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to discuss the “violent insurgency.”
Stanford informed Wallace that there had been a complaint against him for the flyer on May 27 and suspended his degree with approximately two weeks until graduation on June 12.
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“Hawley will argue that the end justifies the means,” the leaflet read satirically. “Paxton will explain that when the Supreme Court refuses to exercise its Article III authority to overturn free and fair election results, calling in a violent mob to storm the Capitol is an appropriate alternative remedy.”
The leaflet was designed to poke fun at the Federalist Society of Stanford for refusing to denounce its prominent alum for its rejection of the 2020 presidential election results.
The Stanford Federalist Society didn’t find it funny. An officer from the group filed a lawsuit against Wallace and said the flyer was bogus and libelous and was not clearly marked as satire. The complaint was filed in March, but on May 22, the Stanford Federalist Society officer pushed the university to open a formal investigation.
The school said it’s okay to withhold a degree when a complaint is filed against a student with the Community Standards Office.
“We followed our normal procedures and conducted a factual investigation,” Stanford spokesman EJ Miranda said in a statement to Fox News. “In cases where the complaint is filed near graduation, our normal procedure is to place a graduation diploma on hold on the respondent.
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“The complaint was resolved as quickly as possible, and the Respondent and Complainant have been advised that the case law holds that the email is a protected word,” Miranda continued. He said the university was revising its procedure for blocking student accounts in such cases near graduation, “to ensure that blockages are limited to cases where the outcome could be severe enough to affect the timing. of the award of the diploma “.
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