Judge Indicates He Will Order Cheney's Testimony in Lawsuit

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Denver (AP) A federal magistrate has indicated 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 Craig B. Shaffer did not issue an order Tuesday but said Cheney is a key witness whose account appears to be crucial to the case.

Shaffer says he will issue a written decision later.

Shaffer says he could order Cheney to answer written questions rather than face attorneys in person.

Steven Howards of Denver sued five federal agents for arresting him after he approached the vice president in Beaver Creek and criticized the Iraq war.

Howards was later released and charges were dropped.