U of Wyo. Must Let Controversial 1960s Radical Bill Ayers Speak, Federal Judge Rules
Posted Apr 28, 2010 5:57 PM CST
By Martha Neil
A federal judge has countermanded the University of Wyoming's decision not to let 1960s radical Bill Ayers speak on campus today.
The state-funded institution had cited safety concerns, but U.S. District Judge William Downes held yesterday that protesters' threatened violence was too vague to justify excluding Ayers, reports the Associated Press.
A co-founder of the Weather Underground group, which opposed the Vietnam War and claimed responsibility for a number of bombings decades ago, Ayers is now a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Education.
Other institutions of higher learning have refused to let Ayers speak, but this is the first time he has sued, he testified at a Monday court hearing.
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