ONLINE EXTRA: Hearing for Wheeler Protester May Be Open to Public

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After months of controversy, strong indications tonight were that a Wheeler Hall protester's hearing Nov. 20 will be open the public.

An internal memo was sent to plaintiff attorneys involved in the case last night indicating plaintiff Roberto Hernandez's hearing will be open to the public, said plaintiff attorney Anne Weills.

"It's what we wanted all along," Weills said. "It's a little late in the game, but it's better than nothing."

Reached at home Thursday night, UC attorney Jeff Blair said he would neither confirm nor deny the opening of the hearing.

"If the university is allowing the hearings to be open to the public, they are respecting Mr. Hernandez's wishes," Blair said. "(The university) is concluding there is no potential harm to the participant and no basis for disruption."

Hoang Phan, a member of Students for Justice in Palestine, said he was pleased with the university's decision to open the hearing.

"I think they got the message. They understood SJP won't have its rights trampled on," he said.

It is "most likely" hearings for the other protesters will be open as well, Phan added.

The hearing for Hernandez is expected to be at held at the Clark Kerr Conference Center at 1 p.m. next Wednesday.


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