Court reinstates preacher's free speech challenge

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday found that the university

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit brought by a Kentucky preacher challenging the University of Tennessee's requirement that speakers on campus have sponsorship and get the approval of school administrators.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday found that the university's free speech policies are vague and inconsistently enforced. Judge Boyce F. Martin wrote for the court that the policy requirements "threaten to chill free speech."

The ruling restarts a lawsuit brought by traveling evangelist John McGlone of Breeding, Ky.

The Knoxville, Tenn.-based school argued that the policies don't violate any of McGlone's rights.

The suit now returns to U.S. District Court in Knoxville.

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