The University of Florida has barred three professors from providing expert testimony in a lawsuit that restricts voting rights. The university said in a statement that testimony by professors Dan Smith, Michael McDonald, and Sharon Austin, as paid experts for the plaintiffs, would be “adverse to the university’s interests as a state of Florida institution.”
Lawyers for the coalition of civics groups challenging the law said in court papers that the university told the professors their testimony would create a conflict for the school because it would clash with the position of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration. Critics of the Florida law, which reduces drop-box and mail-in voting, say it discriminates against voters of color in violation of the Voting Rights Act. (Associated Press)
My comment: The professors are not only totally right, but restriction of the voting rights of Democrats is precisely the point of the new law, which is part and parcel of the slow-motion coup d’etat. If you cannot stand up for truth, freedom, and democracy at a university you have no business running a university. So much for liberty and freedom of speech!