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Man can sue Secret Service in Beaver Creek incident

DENVER, Colorado – An appeals court ruled that a Golden man can sue two Secret Service agents who arrested him after he touched former Vice President Dick Cheney on the arm in Beaver Creek in 2006 and told him his Iraq War policies were “disgusting.”

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Steven Howards can sue Virgil D. “Gus” Reichle Jr., and Dan Doyle on First Amendment grounds. But the court ruled that two other agents named the lawsuit are immune in the case.

Howards was arrested after he approached Cheney in Beaver Creek Village. The agents alleged that Howards’ contact with Cheney constituted assault but District Attorney Mark Hurlbert dropped the case. Cheney was attending the AEI World Forum conference in the Vail Valley, an unofficial summit, created and hosted by former President Gerald R. Ford.

Sean R. Gallagher, the attorney for Reichle and Doyle, says he is considering appealing.

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