The civil lawsuit filed Thursday by Valerie and Joseph Wilson (in photo) against Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby and Karl Rove faces some tough legal hurdles. The lawsuit charges that the Bush administration officials conspired to destroy Ms. Wilson’s career and punish Mr. Wilson by leaking to the press her identity as an undercover CIA agent. But a 1982 Supreme Court case established that federal officials are immune from lawsuits unless a reasonable person would believe they had violated “clearly established law,” The New York Times reported. Though many people believe that what happened was wrong, it’s still unclear whether it violated the law (Libby was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice, not for willfully disclosing the identity of a CIA agent).
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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