Wednesday, May 27, 2009
About the ND Commencement
I received a lot of questions from non-area residents about the recent ND Graduation controversy. I will publish the best one to answer here>

Q: It showed an elderly Catholic priest protesting Notre Dame for having President Obama who undoubtedly is the most pro-Abortion President this nation ever had as a commencement speaker. This is not just wrong but what has the police to do with it. He didn't commit a crime, no he wasn't even standing outside an abortion clinic. Are we so derailed that we can't distinguish right from wrong, a crime from difference of opinion.

A: In short, the University of Notre Dame is private property, just like your residence. The UND chose to restrict persons from protesting on campus who did not have a right to be on campus property. After being advised they needed to leave UND property, those who chose to not leave were arrested by UND police officers (separate agency from our own), and they were charged with Criminal trespass, which is the Indiana statue for trespassing.

Other protestors who came and held protesting off campus on city streets were not found to be in violation of other laws and were allowed to exercise First Amendment rights. In short, the arresting charge was for trespassing, and no other offense related to the controversy.

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