July 6, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming spent more than $86,000 on
a federal lawsuit brought by 1960s radical Bill Ayers and a student.
The university's newly released spending total includes the $50,000
the university paid to settle the lawsuit.
Ayers and student Meghan Lanker sued the university in April in U.S.
District Court. They contended that the university was preventing
Ayers from speaking on campus and had violated their rights to free
speech and assembly.
Judge William Downs granted a preliminary injunction that allowed
Ayers to speak on campus, which Ayers did on April 28.
UW spokeswoman Jessica Lowell released the compiled legal costs. They
include nearly $30,000 paid to Thomas S. Rice, an attorney for the
university. The costs also include $6,570 for travel and incidental
expenses related to the lawsuit.