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William Ayers To Speak At U. Of Wyoming On Judge's Order

William Ayers will get to speak at the University of Wyoming after a federal judge said the the public institution's officials couldn't prohibit him from speaking on campus.

William Ayers. (AP Photo)

When last we checked, the aging, unrepentant former radical William Ayers had been disinvited from speaking on the University of Wyoming campus after a firestorm of protest.

But that was in late March. Since then, Ayers was invited by a student to speak on campus. But the university refused to make a campus venue available to Ayers, an education professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago whose acquaintance with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama became an issue in the 2008 campaign.

Ayers sued, arguing that he had a constitutional right to speak on campus and a federal judge on Tuesday agreed.

So Ayers, who was a member of the late 1960s, early 1970s Weather Underground organization which was responsible for bombings during the era, is scheduled to speak on campus Wednesday.

There are concerns over security. As the Associated Press reports:

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Security was heightened Wednesday at the University of Wyoming as the school prepared for a speech from William Ayers, the 1960s radical whose visit was blocked before a federal judge ruled the university must allow him to speak.

University spokeswoman Jessica Lowell said Ayers' visit would be handled like other prominent visitors.

"It's the usual practice to do a security sweep of the facility and generally we ask people not to bring large knapsacks or bags or purses," she said. "If they're going to bring signs, we ask them to be hand-held, so we don't want anything on sticks or sharp metal objects."