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Tue April 27, 2010
Judge will rule on Ayers today
Casper, Wy – A federal judge says he will rule today on a lawsuit challenging the University of Wyoming's decision to block 1960s radical turned academic William Ayers from speaking on campus. U.S. District Judge William Downes heard more than five hours of testimony and arguments Monday.
The university says it canceled Ayers' appearance after receiving threats. But Laramie police chief Dale Stalder said he was never told of any threats.
Attorneys for Ayers and university student Meg Lanker, who
invited him to speak after the cancellation, argued the safety
concerns were overblown and that the university was more worried
about loss of donations.
Ayers made news in 2008, when Republican Sen. John McCain's
presidential campaign and conservative activists highlighted his
ties to then-presidential nominee Barack Obama.