Friday, February 27, 2009

Check's in the mail

The Post:
An attorney for a University of Colorado at Boulder student group says the students will refuse to pay $3,000 in security fees for an event featuring former professor Ward Churchill and '60s radical turned educator William Ayers. . . .

Attorney David Lane accused the university of charging the security fees to prevent the cash-strapped students from having the speakers come to campus. He said police for security are funded by taxpayers.

Lane has threatened legal action if the university tries to force the students to pay the fee before the event in an effort to cancel it.

"We aren't paying any bill," Lane said.

CU lawyer Patrick O'Rourke said the fee is not unprecedented and has been assessed when speakers such as conservative author Ann Coulter and former Attorney General John Ashcroft appeared on campus.

"This is not a right versus left issue," O'Rourke said. "Whenever they have a big publicity event, there is additional security put in place to make sure the campus is a safe place."

Late Thursday, O'Rourke informed Lane that the university was not going to prevent the event from happening and would simply bill the students for the security fee.

"The event will proceed, and we will bill them," O'Rourke said. "Nobody is trying to prevent them from speaking." . . .
Special rules for special people.

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