Ex-radical can't travel to Mass. for speech

By The Associated Press
11.12.09

AMHERST, Mass. — A convicted domestic terrorist whose plans to speak at the University of Massachusetts sparked controversy has been denied parole permission to come to Massachusetts.

The U.S. Parole Commission declined to allow Raymond Levasseur to travel from his Maine home to speak tonight.

Gov. Deval Patrick said yesterday that he appreciated the decision.

UMass President Jack Wilson said university officials were pleased because they never believed Levasseur was an "appropriate" speaker.

Levasseur is a former leader of the United Freedom Front, a group linked to 20 domestic bombings in the 1970s and 1980s. He served nearly two decades in prison after his 1986 conviction for involvement in a series of protest bombings.

The university had cancelled his appearance at a forum, but said it would not intervene when faculty members invited him to a different venue.