New York — Lawyers say US ban on travel to Cuba denies their rights
The Reagan administration is violating the First Amendment by discouraging US scholars and professionals from traveling to Cuba, a group of lawyers charged. The group is headed for Havana to attend a three-day Conference on the Cuban Legal System.
Lawyer Debra Evenson charged that the Treasury Department was trying to intimidate the group by subpoenaing the names of the people taking the trip through a New York travel agency.
Treasury Department spokesman John Walker said an investigation had determined that ''there's sufficient probability that there is nothing illegal in the trip'' by the lawyers. He said the government would, however, continue to pursue its subpoena.