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SCOTUS Takes One Case

The US Supreme Court took up only one case in its orders list today.  The question involves qualified immunity in a civil suit against Secret Service agents.  Plaintiff Steven Howards confronted Vice President Cheney at a Colorado shopping mall back in 2006.  His confrontation went beyond verbal into very mildly physical, and an agent arrested him when he falsely denied contact.  He claims retaliation in violation of the First Amendment.  The District Court granted the agents qualified immunity, and a divided panel of the Tenth Circuit reversed in part.

The three habeas cases we've been watching are relisted yet again for next week.

Hmmm.  Confronting the Veep.  Arrest.  First Amendment implications.  Qualified immunity.  Why do I get the feeling I've seen this movie before?

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