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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 2:00 pm | Updated: 4:03 pm, Wed Apr 11, 2012.

A lawsuit involving free speech on the Maricopa County Community College District’s campuses has been dismissed.

In December of last year, Ryan Arneson sued the district for inhibiting his right to free speech by restricting his access to the campus. Arneson wished to express his Christian beliefs in consensual, one-on-one discussions on the South Mountain Community College campus, his attorney said last year. He argued that charging fees, requiring an insurance payment and demanding a two-week advance notice was unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was dismissed by United States District Judge Neil Wake after a revision to the district’s solicitation policy went into effect in late March. Wake required the district to pay nearly $10,000 toward Arneson’s legal fees and $1 in nominal damages.

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