University of Florida says professors are free to testify in case against the state, if they aren't paid

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The assemblage had denied the professors' requests to attest for the plaintiffs successful a voting rights lawsuit.

The lawsuit challenges parts of a caller voting law, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis successful May. An lawyer for the plaintiffs says the authorities "imposes important and unjustifiable restrictions connected the quality of eligible Floridians to ballot and registry to vote."

"Me signing this measure says: Florida, your ballot counts, your ballot is going to beryllium formed with integrity and transparency and this is simply a large spot for democracy," DeSantis said aft signing the bill.

The assemblage said Monday, "It is worthy noting, the assemblage views the professors' petition arsenic a petition to beryllium paid to attest against the state, and the university, arsenic a nationalist institution, is portion of the authorities -- therefore, that would beryllium adverse to the university's interests. However, to beryllium clear, if the professors privation to bash truthful pro bono connected their ain clip without utilizing assemblage resources, they would beryllium escaped to bash so."

University of Florida bars professors from being adept  witnesses against the authorities   successful  voting rights case

The governor's bureau said the argumentation was successful spot earlier the instrumentality was passed and reiterated that the assemblage tin contradict requests that "are contrary to the institution's interests."

"For the record, the UF argumentation was past updated a twelvemonth ago, anterior to SB 90 -- truthful the university's argumentation could not perchance person been a absorption to this lawsuit. The Governor's Office did not marque UF's policy, and determination is zero grounds to suggest otherwise," spokesperson Christina Pushaw said.

According to tribunal records, the assemblage denied Professor Daniel Smith's petition to attest successful an October 11 email that stated, "outside activities that whitethorn airs a struggle of involvement to the enforcement subdivision of the State of Florida make a struggle for the University of Florida."

Smith studies however "political institutions impact governmental behaviour crossed and wrong the American states," according the university's website.

Sharon Austin is an writer and adept connected "rural African American governmental activism" and "African American governmental behavior," according to the university, portion Michael McDonald studies elections, methodology, and has researched elector turnout.

CNN has reached retired to the 3 professors and their attorneys and has not yet received responses.

CNN's Gregory Lemos and Melissa Alonso contributed to this report

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