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High Court Protects Secret Service Agents In Man’s Confrontation With Cheney

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File photo of former Vice President Dick Cheney. (credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

File photo of former Vice President Dick Cheney. (credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled that two Secret Service agents are shielded from a lawsuit filed by a man they arrested after a confrontation with then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

The 8-0 decision Monday comes in a case that began with the arrest of Steven Howards following a chance encounter with Cheney at a shopping center in Colorado in 2006. Howards claimed he was arrested because he expressed his anti-war views.

The agents and the Obama administration asked the court for broad protection against claims of retaliatory arrests. The justices did not grant that wish.

But Justice Clarence Thomas said in his opinion for the court that the agents could not be sued in this instance because of uncertainty about the state of the law concerning such arrests.

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