Lawyer: We'll Sue If Fee Isn't Waived For Ayers/Churchill Event

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An attorney is threatening legal action if the University of Colorado doesn't waive a $3,000 fee for student groups hosting an appearance by former weather underground member Bill Ayers and fired CU professor Ward Churchill.

Attorney David Lane said Thursday the fee is exorbitant and an unconstitutional restraint on free speech. The University says the fee is standard for any event requiring security. CU attorney Pat O'Rourke says he's reviewing Lane's demand.

Ayers and Churchill are scheduled to speak at a March 5 event sponsored by three student groups.

Ayers, a University of Illinois-Chicago professor, featured Prominently in republican efforts to thwart Barack Obama's Presidential campaign. Churchill was fired on plagiarism allegations after he equated some Sept. 11 victims to a Nazi.

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