Cheney Resists Testifying in 'Attack' Lawsuit

Alleged attacker wants veep to clear up encounter in court
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2008 7:36 PM CST
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(Newser) – A man collared on suspicion of assaulting Dick Cheney two years ago wants the veep to testify in court—but is it likely? Cheney would only have to if his testimony is unobtainable by other means, one expert said—exactly what Cheney's lawyer argued last week in court. But one Washington attorney said Steve Howards, 55, Cheney's alleged attacker, has a case for getting Cheney to testify.

"I know of no law that says the vice president of the United States is immune from service process because he's the vice president," the lawyer said. Howards sued the Secret Service agents who nabbed and searched him in Colorado in 2006—but the agents can't agree on whether Howards assaulted Cheney or not, the Los Angeles Times reports. Charges against Howard were dropped, but he wants Cheney to clear up whether he was touched, slapped, or struck in the encounter.