Justices to hear dispute over free speech at Cheney event
December 5th, 2011
01:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Justices to hear dispute over free speech at Cheney event

Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court will debate the balance between free speech and security concerns of top government officials in a case involving a war opponent's chance encounter with then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

The justices on Monday accepted review of an appeal from U.S. Secret Service agents, who want to be shielded from a lawsuit filed by Steven Howards of Golden, Colorado. The man was arrested after confronting Cheney in a public area in 2006 - making physical contact with the vice president– and announcing his opposition to the Iraqi war.

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  1. CBR

    Old news. Mr. Cheney only wanted people who agreed with him to shake his hands. The secret service agents should have been more neutral because they are not supposed to be political. However, like all government employees they must adhere to the guidelines set before them The gentleman should have received an apology a long time ago. His detention was not necessary but that was the climate of the country because 9/11 took common sense away.

    December 5, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Of course his arrest was in retalitation for his political views: Voldemordt just did not like hearing opposing views from people he considers his social inferiors, and that's why this middle aged environmental consultant was detained.

    December 5, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAhadists

    So I guess Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver getting spit on walking up the steps of Congress is ok, but just because it's Cheney now it's a big frickin deal. What about people carrying arms to political events? I think the court should be more focused on that! IOKIYAR

    December 5, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Cheney's page in the history books: will it be two-ply and quilted?

    December 5, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Why isn't CNN and the rest of the so-called "liberal media" covering the defense bill that seeks to make America a police state where US citizens can be locked up indefinitely without charges. The right and left should be united on this!

    December 5, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. A Texas Democrat

    Now this is a picture of what`s wrong with America................

    December 5, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |