Ex-terrorist talk shutdown suit limited

Dave Agema appears on To The Point (Oct. 16, 2011)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A federal judge has thrown out most of a lawsuit that claimed Allegan police and the school district wrongly stopped a speech by a man who claims to be a former terrorist.

Kamal Saleem — who says he is a former terrorist who has converted to Christianity — was supposed to speak at Allegan High School in January 2012. But police shut the event down at the last minute, citing safety concerns after learning of an alleged $25 million bounty on Saleem’s head.

Former Grandville Rep. David Agema and three others sued the city, police chief and the school district, claiming they violated Saleem’s right to free speech.

Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that right was not violated and dismissed everything but a breach of contract claim against the school district.

It appeared last year that the district reached a settlement agreement with the plaintiffs for just $500 — $2 of which would have gone to Agema. But the district later took the agreement back, saying its lawyer had acted without getting appropriate approval.

Agema has recently been criticized for anti-gay remarks and this week elected not to attend the Republican National Committee meetings in Washington, D.C.


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