- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 12, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned down the appeal of two people who say they were kept from attending an appearance by then-President George W. Bush in Denver in 2005 because of their opposition to the war in Iraq.

The justices refused Tuesday to get involved in a case concerning whether people may be excluded from taxpayer-funded events featuring public officials because of their political views.

Lower courts dismissed a lawsuit filed by Leslie Weise and Alex Young, who say a White House aide and two volunteers violated their free speech rights by ejecting them from a hall just before Bush was to speak. Ms. Weise and Mr. Young arrived in a car with a bumper sticker reading “No blood for oil” but say they had no plans to disrupt the event.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor voted to hear the appeal. “I cannot see how reasonable public officials, or any staff or volunteers under their direction, could have viewed the bumper sticker as a permissible reason for depriving Weise and Young of access to the event,” Justice Ginsburg said in a short written opinion.

The case is Weise v. Casper, 10-67.