Iowa Community College To Pay $14,000 To Settle Free Speech Lawsuit
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Iowa community college will pay nearly $14,000 to settle a free-speech lawsuit filed by a student who was barred from distributing fliers criticizing a conference on gay youth.
Des Moines Area Community College had already pledged to no longer enforce a policy that required students to distribute literature at a table in the student center and to get permission 10 days in advance.
In documents filed Tuesday, the college agreed to pay Jacob Dagel $100 and cover attorneys' fees of $13,700 to end the case without admitting wrongdoing. Dagel was represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group.
Dagel filed suit after he was barred by a security guard from distributing fliers that criticized the college for subsidizing a March conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth.