Weise v. Casper

Freedom of Expression & Religion
Case No. No. 05-cv-2355, United States District Court, District of Colorado, No. 1504, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
ACLU Case No. 2005-12


This lawsuit was filed on behalf of Leslie Weise and Alex Young, two members of the “Denver 3” who gained national attention after White House event staffers ejected them from a March 21, 2005 event that featured an appearance by President Bush. The presidential visit was open to the public, paid for by taxpayer funds, and advertised as a town hall “conversation” on Social Security reform. The lawsuit asserts that the ACLU’s clients were kicked out because they were perceived as disagreeing with the President. The lawsuit further asserts that the expulsion of the ACLU’s clients was carried out pursuant to directions and policies formulated by federal officials. Additional information is available on the clients’ website at www.denverthree.org.

On March 15, 2007, after court-ordered discovery revealed the names of the higher-ups responsible for ejecting Weise and Young, the ACLU filed an additional lawsuit, Weise v. Jenkins, naming three White House employees as defendants.


Catherine Crump , ACLU National Office
Chris Hansen , ACLU National Office
Jerremy Ramp
Mark Silverstein , ACLU of Colorado Legal Director
Martha Tierney

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