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Court Tosses Lawsuit

(CN) - The 10th Circuit rejected the First Amendment claims of two friends who were booted from a George W. Bush speech in Denver because they'd arrived in a car with a "No More Blood for Oil" bumper sticker.

Leslie Weise and Alex Young failed to establish that their mere "presence at the president's speech was protected," the three-judge panel ruled.

"Plaintiffs simply have not identified any First Amendment doctrine that prohibits the government from excluding them from an official speech on private property on the basis of their viewpoint," Judge Paul Kelly wrote for the 2-1 majority.

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