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Aug 25, 2011 6:17 PM by Gene Cotton

High court asked to block Colo Secret Service suit

DENVER (AP) - Two Secret Service agents are asking the Supreme Court to declare they are immune from a First Amendment lawsuit filed by a Colorado man who they arrested after he confronted then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

Steven Howards was arrested in the Colorado resort town of Beaver Creek in 2006 after he touched Cheney on the arm and told him his Iraq War policies were "disgusting."

No federal charges were filed against Howards, and state charges were dropped.

Howards sued the two agents, Virgil D. "Gus" Reichle Jr. and Dan Doyle, claiming he was arrested in retaliation for criticizing Cheney.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled in March that Howards could sue the agents. The agents are asking the Supreme Court to review that ruling.

 

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