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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Federal Judge Tells University of Wyoming To Allow William Ayers To Speak

A federal district court judge has ruled that the University of Wyoming cannot prohibit a planned speech by Professor William Ayers of the University of Illinois at Chicago, because of its concerns over possible violence. Judge William Downes noted that when Mr. Ayers was part of the Weather Underground, he (Judge Downes) was a Marine. "This court is of age to remember the Weather Underground. When his group was bombing the U.S. Capitol in 1971, I was serving in the uniform of my country. Even to this day, when I hear that name, I can scarcely swallow the bile of my contempt for it. But Mr. Ayers is a citizen of the United States who wishes to speak, and he need not offer any more justification than that." Read more here in an article from the Casper (Wyoming) Tribune online.

Here is a link to Judge Downes' order granting the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/media_law_prof_blog/2010/04/federal-judge-tells-university-of-wyoming-to-allow-william-ayers-to-speak.html

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