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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


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.

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.

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.

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

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

The ACLU's appeal brief is available online at:

The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

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