Georgetown law professors will take a knee outside Jeff Sessions' speech

Georgetown University Law Center professors plan to take a knee outside of the campus auditorium where Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to speak Tuesday.

"We are not protesting his free speech; our colleague had every right to invite him to speak. We are protesting against his and the Trump administration's views on free speech," Georgetown Law professor Alicia Plerhoples told Buzzfeed.

More than 30 faculty members signed a statement that condemns the "hypocrisy of Attorney General Sessions speaking about free speech" in light of the Trump administration's stances on various related issues, including the NFL national anthem protests and the criminal prosecution of a woman who allegedly interrupted Sessions' confirmation hearing.

"These are just three examples of governmental action antithetical to freedom of speech and association for which Attorney General Sessions is either closely affiliated or directly responsible," the statement reads. "This kind of government chilling of speech is precisely what the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is meant to prevent. A man who fails to recognize paradigmatic violations of the First Amendment is a poor choice to speak about free speech on campuses."

One law student said they hope to have 100 students and faculty members participate in the peaceful protest during Sessions' speech.

"The Attorney General fully supports the right of faculty members to express their views, even when, as here, the assumptions underlying their viewpoints are based on false premises and inaccurate information," Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said in a statement.

The event was organized by conservative law professor, Randy Barnett.

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