Appellate court to hear Kincaid oral arguments

OHIO -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit will hear arguments in the college censorship case Kincaid v. Gibson on May 30 at 12:30 p.m.

A majority of the court's 22 judges voted to rehear the case in November after a divided three-judge panel ruled that Kentucky State University did not violate students' First Amendment rights when it confiscated all copies of a yearbook published in 1994.

The panel's September decision marked the first time that a federal appellate court applied the high school-based Hazelwood standard to a college censorship case. In its 1988 decision in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, the Supreme Court upheld the censorship of a high school newspaper in cases where the publication is not a public forum and administrators can show legitimate educational cause.

For more Information: View a timeline of the Kincaid v. Gibson court battle or read past stories from our archives.

reports, Spring 2000