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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2009
4:11 PM

CONTACT: ACLU

Rachel Myers, National ACLU, (212) 549-2689 or 2666; media@aclu.org

ACLU In Court Wednesday In Case Of Denver Residents Removed From Bush Event For Bumper Sticker

Group Appealing Federal Court Ruling Upholding Exclusion Based On Political Expression

DENVER - November 17 - The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Colorado will be in court Wednesday, November 18, to present arguments in a lawsuit challenging the exclusion of two Denver residents from an open-to-the-public speech by President Bush in March 2005. The ACLU lawsuit charges that Leslie Weise and Alex Young were ejected simply because they arrived at the event in a car with the bumper sticker reading "No More Blood For Oil." The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado dismissed the case in November 2008, and the ACLU will argue that ruling should be reversed.

WHAT:
Oral arguments in an appeal of Weise v. Casper, a case challenging the exclusion of two Denver residents from a 2005 speech by President Bush.

WHO:
Chris Hansen, staff attorney for the ACLU First Amendment Working Group, will argue before Judges Deanell Reece Tacha, William J. Holloway and Paul J. Kelly of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

WHEN:
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
9:00 a.m. MST

WHERE:
10th Circuit Court of Appeals
Byron White Courthouse, Courtroom 3
1823 Stout St.
Denver, CO

The ACLU's appeal brief is available online at: www.aclu.org/free-speech/weise-v-casper-10th-circuit-brief-appellees

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