Ejection of pair from Bush speech justified, organizers' lawyers say

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April 15, 2007|By New York Times News Service

DENVER -- Lawyers for two men charged with illegally ejecting two people from a speech by President Bush say that the president's staff can lawfully remove anyone who expresses views different from his.

Lawyers for the two men, Michael Casper and Jay Klinkerman, said that they were working as organizers for a public presidential forum on Social Security at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver on March 21, 2005, when they were involved in ejecting two members of the audience, Alex Young and Leslie Weise.

Young and Weise filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court here, saying that they were ejected shortly after they had arrived in a car that had an antiwar bumper sticker, although they had done nothing disruptive.

The lawsuit charged Casper and Klinkerman with violating Young's and Weise's First Amendment right to free speech.

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