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Reichle v. Howards - Post-Argument SCOTUScast

SCOTUScast 03-23-12 featuring Scott Broyles
Featuring D. Scott Broyles
March 23, 2012

On March 21, 2012, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Reichle v. Howards. This case concerns an incident that occurred when a citizen briefly touched Vice President Cheney during a public appearance, made an anti-war remark to him, and was arrested some time later by Secret Service agents but was not ultimately prosecuted.  The question in this case is twofold: (1) whether, if probable cause to make the arrest did exist, the citizen may nevertheless sue the agents for retaliatory conduct in violation of the First Amendment; and (2) whether the agents were entitled to immunity from such a lawsuit under federal law.

To discuss the case, we have Scott Broyles, who is an Assistant Professor at Charlotte School of Law.

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