U.S. District Judge William Downes ruled Tuesday afternoon in favor of William Ayers and University of Wyoming student Meg Lanker in their lawsuit against the University of Wyoming. The lawsuit was initiated when the University restricted Ayers from speaking on campus.
The University cited "security concerns" as a rationale for restricting Ayers' ability to speak on campus, as UW received a numerous hateful and threatening emails in response to Ayers' initial scheduled appearance in early April.
Downes stated that such threats can't be used as a reason to deny Ayers' right to speak on campus. Testimony heard this week also revealed that donors who had contributed millions to the University threatened to stop contributing money to UW if Ayers was allowed to speak on campus.
Judge Downes said in his ruling, "If the First Amendment can't find sanctuary somewhere on a college campus, where can it take refuge?"