Court Allows Colorado Man To Sue Secret Service, Depose Cheney

Georgia US CheneyFox News reports:

A Colorado man can sue two Secret Service agents who arrested him after he touched former Vice President Dick Cheney on the arm in 2006 and told him his Iraq War policies were “disgusting,” a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

The ruling means Steven Howards can try to subpoena Cheney to testify about the incident, said David Lane, Howards’ attorney.

“I fully intend on deposing the former vice president,” Lane told The Associated Press.

Lane has been trying for years to subpoena Cheney, but his motion has been delayed as judges weighed the question of whether the Secret Service agents were immune in the case. He has said he wants to subpoena the former vice president because he’s “the best eyewitness to the case.”

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Howards can sue agents Virgil D. “Gus” Reichle Jr., and Dan Doyle on First Amendment grounds. But the court ruled that two other agents named in the lawsuit are immune in the case.

The judges ruled that the four agents are immune on Howards’ Fourth Amendment claim against them of unreasonable search and seizure.

Howards was arrested after he approached Cheney at a mall in Beaver Creek, a resort town about two hours west of Denver. The agents alleged that Howards’ contact with Cheney constituted assault but a local prosecutor later dropped the case…

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  • Andrew

    Hold him in the cell next to Bradley Manning.

    • Yaduck

      Exchange him for Bradley Manning.

  • Andrew

    Hold him in the cell next to Bradley Manning.

  • He should’ve punched his face, rather than touched his arm.

  • Yaduck

    Exchange him for Bradley Manning.

  • He should’ve punched his face, rather than touched his arm.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Well…dealing with upper-tier, well guarded, pants shitting cowards like Cheney…who has enjoyed the benefits of lots of security and immunity most of his adult life, its not surprising that any contact with him that he doesn’t enjoy gets overclassified as assault and results in massive ‘legal’ abuse of others.The bad news is that this judge has only ruled that it is legal to push forward with a case like this…theres no guarantee that it will go anywhere beyond a shuffling of papers before a higher judge stops it in its tracks. Getting serious access to force accountability should be easier…but we all know it isn’t…and I’m not betting on that changing anytime soon.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Well…dealing with upper-tier, well guarded, pants shitting cowards like Cheney…who has enjoyed the benefits of lots of security and immunity most of his adult life, its not surprising that any contact with him that he doesn’t enjoy gets overclassified as assault and results in massive ‘legal’ abuse of others.The bad news is that this judge has only ruled that it is legal to push forward with a case like this…theres no guarantee that it will go anywhere beyond a shuffling of papers before a higher judge stops it in its tracks. Getting serious access to force accountability should be easier…but we all know it isn’t…and I’m not betting on that changing anytime soon.

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