The University of Florida faces a possible court confrontation with white supremacist Richard Spencer—the man who led the violent Charlottesville, Virginia, rally on Saturday—after denying a permit Wednesday for him to speak on campus next month.

As First Amendment lawyer David Bodney sees it, the university's decision raises three legal problems: "The first risk is a lawsuit filed on behalf of Spencer or his group that alleges a violation of his First Amendment rights. The second risk is losing the lawsuit. And the third risk could be winning the lawsuit."

In other words, it's a no-win situation for the public university in Gainesville, which is in the position of either suppressing free speech rights or allowing a white supremacy speech that could incite violence on campus.

"It's a very difficult situation for the university," noted Bodney, who heads Ballard Spahr's media and entertainment law group in Phoenix. "And it’s a tricky legal issue in many ways."

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