Trial Set In Denver Man’s Suit Against Secret Service

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) A jury trial is set to begin May 4 in the case of a Denver-area man who is suing the secret service for being arrested after he made comments to Vice President Dick Cheney about the Iraq war.

Documents filed Tuesday say the trial will be held in U.S. District judge Christine Arguello’s courtroom and will last about a Week.

The plaintiff, Steven Howards, says he approached Cheney in June 2006 at a Beaver Creek Mall. He says he told Cheney his policies on Iraq were “disgusting,” and lightly placed his hand on Cheney’s Shoulder.

Howards was later questioned by Secret Service Agents, arrested, and told he’d be charged with assault. But an assault charge was never filed, and a harassment charge against Howards was later dismissed.

Howards claims the arrest violated his right to free speech and protection from illegal search and seizure.

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