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A lawyer for white supremacist Richard Spencer would like to see his client on the University of Michigan’s campus in late February or early March.

“If a date between February 24 and March 4, 2018, will work for Richard Spencer’s speech on campus, we will need to know sooner rather than later so that travel arrangements can be made for the numerous involved parties who will need to obtain airfare, lodging, and ground transportation,” according to an e-mail sent from Kyle Bristow, who is representing Spencer’s organizers, to U-M’s general counsel Timothy Lynch. Bristow shared the email exclusively with the Free Press.

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Bristow had given the university until Friday to come up with a date and time for Spencer’s speech.

“A date will be selected by January 15, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., or else suit will be filed; I will not grant another extension as a professional courtesy,” Bristow’s email read. “I fear that we are being given the runaround now.

“We’ve been patient, but our patience has its limits.”

Bristow told the Free Press the university had submitted other dates for Spencer to be on campus.

“The University of Michigan has given dates previously for the event to occur, but they didn’t work for us,” Bristow said.

Bristow’s e-mail came as student body president Anushka Sarkar told the Board of Regents Thursday that more than 11,000 U-M students and alumni have signed a petition urging administrators to ban Spencer from campus.

University of Michigan student body president Anushka Sarkar tells the Board of Regents that more than 11,000 students and alumni have signed petitions asking for U-M to ban Richard Spencer from campus. (Photo: David Jesse)

Sarkar said she was speaking on behalf of the student body when she urged administrators to put student’s safety first.

“We will not be safe if he (Richard Spencer) comes to campus.”

U-M grad student body president Naomi Wilson agreed.

“This is simply unsafe, and careless, to have someone here who can start a riot. We need to look at Charlottesville to see that this is a reality.”

The university is talking with Spencer’s representatives about having him on campus, Lynch confirmed during the board meeting. He said there would be no further update until the new year. 

U-M President Mark Schlissel announced in late November that the university would take the first steps toward letting Spencer appear on campus.

“After consulting widely with many members of our community, I made the difficult decision to begin discussions with Richard Spencer’s group to determine whether he will be allowed to rent space to speak on the University of Michigan campus,” Schlissel said then. “If we cannot assure a reasonably safe setting for the event, we will not allow it to go forward.”

Earlier this year, the group requested space at Michigan State University, which turned down the request.

“After consultation with law enforcement officials, Michigan State University has decided to deny the National Policy Institute’s request to rent space on campus to accommodate a speaker,” the university said in a statement then. “This decision was made due to significant concerns about public safety in the wake of the tragic violence in Charlottesville.”

Spencer’s group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have that blockage overturned. That case is headed to mediation. Spencer’s group has also filed a lawsuit against Ohio State University, which also turned down a request for speaking space. He recently announced the University of Cincinnati agreed to let him speak for one hour and answer 

He did speak in October at the University of Florida.

Loud chants of “Say it loud! Say it clear! Nazis are not welcome here!” greeted him when he took the stage Thursday for the a controversial University of Florida speaking appearance.

Spencer spoke and — eventually — fielded questions from a boisterous audience packed with opponents at Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Florida.

Organizers had announced that 700 tickets would be distributed, but numerous seats were unoccupied across the theater. Hundreds of sign-waving protesters descended on the venue, chanting and marching up and down a nearby street.

U-M has had controversial speakers in the past, including earlier in October, when Charles Murray appeared on campus. Hecklers shouted at him during the speech and protested his speech. No arrests were made.

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