Thursday, March 20, 2008

Steven Howards calls Cheney out. Darth to testify?

I don't know how I missed this one.

IHT reported on March 12:

"Denver: A federal magistrate indicated Tuesday he will order Vice President Dick Cheney to give sworn testimony in a lawsuit by a man who claims he was wrongly arrested after approaching Cheney. Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer did not issue an order but said Cheney is a key witness whose deposition appears to be crucial to the case. Shaffer said he will issue a written decision later."

Howards, you will remember, was the guy who just happened to run into Cheney at a mall in a Denver suburb in 2006. Back then I posted on a NYT article about the incident:

"Mr. Howards was taking his son to a piano lesson when he saw Cheney standing in an open area of a mall. He walked up to him and said, 'I think your policies in Iraq are reprehensible,' or 'words to that effect,' according to his law suit against secret service agent Virgil D. Reicle, the man who arrested him several minutes later. [Could it really have been 'go fuck yourself?']

NYT: "A June 16 article in The Vail Daily quoted a spokesman for the Secret Service, Eric Zahren, as saying that Mr. Howards 'wasn’t acting like other folks in the area,' and that he became 'argumentative and combative' when agents tried to question him. Mr. Howards said Tuesday that he was never threatening and did not become upset until his arrest. 'This was not about anything I did — this is about what I said.'"

The Rocky Mountain News reported on Oct 3 2006 that Howards "was . . . placed in handcuffs and taken to the Eagle County Jail. The lawsuit states that the Secret Service agent instructed that Howards should be issued a summons for harassment, but that on July 6 the Eagle County District Attorney's Office dismissed all charges against Howards."

Now, it turns out the two secret service agents are calling each other liars and Cheney is claiming he's too bust starting a war with Iran to show up to testify.


"James Gilligan, an attorney for the office of the vice president, argued that ordering Cheney to give a deposition would distract him from his duties. But Shaffer said the case was 'singularly unique,' and said Cheney's deposition would be important because he was a witness, not because of his position as vice president."

Ouch. But isn't Cheney a part of the fourth branch of government, the one that doesn't answer to anyone, ever? Sounds to me like Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer should get someone else to start his car until this all blows over.


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