Thursday, June 24

Cheney Wins One - For Now

We here in California will sleep better, knowing that an event which ripped us off for billions will not have to go through the nastiness of being seen by the public. Congratulations, Mr. Cheney, you jerk.

Court: Cheney does not have to turn over records
Justices send case back to lower court

The Supreme Court refused Thursday to order the Bush administration to make public secret details of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force, but kept the case alive by sending it back to a lower court.

Justices said 7-2 that a lower court should consider whether a federal open government law could be used to get documents of the task force.

The decision extends the legal fight over the information. Justices could have allowed a judge to immediately move ahead with ordering the release of the papers.

The issues in the case have been overshadowed by conflict-of-interest questions about Justice Antonin Scalia.

Scalia had defiantly refused to step down from hearing the case involving Cheney, despite criticism that his impartiality has been brought into question because of a hunting vacation that he took with Cheney while the court was considering the vice president's appeal.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David H. Souter said in a dissent that the judge in the case should be allow to consider what records should be released.