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Judge Rules Against TriMet in Free Speech Case over Klamath Dams Ad
Dan Bacher
Judge Henry C. Breithaupt ruled Monday that Trimet Bus Company's refusal of a “political” advertisement urging PacifiCorp ratepayers to support Klamath River dam removal was unconstitutional, on both state and federal grounds. This is a big victory for both free speech and river restoration. I greatly commend the Karuk Tribe, Friends of the River and the ACLU for standing up for free speech in a time of increasing restrictions on freedom of expression by the Bush administration, state and local governments and in this case, a public bus company. David Fidanque, Executive Director of the ACLU of Oregon, said, "No public transit system should be able to put itself above the state or federal constitution.” I wholeheartedly agree!

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