Washington • The Supreme Court has agreed to consider dismissing free-speech claims against two Secret Service agents for their role in a 2004 protest in Oregon against President George W. Bush.
The justices said Tuesday they will review a federal appeals court ruling that allowed a lawsuit against the agents to go forward. The lawsuit claims the two agents violated anti-Bush protesters' free-speech rights by having police move them farther away from where the president was eating dinner than some pro-Bush demonstrators.
Dave Fidanque, executive director of the Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the protesters are still waiting for their chance to argue the lawsuit. All the court rulings to this point have been on legal issues, not whether the protesters were treated fairly.