Bill Mears
CNN Supreme Court Producer
June 4, 2012

A war opponent’s chance encounter with then-Vice President Dick Cheney — which triggered an arrest and a lawsuit — saw his appeal rejected by the Supreme Court Monday

The case tested the balance between free speech and security concerns for top government officials.

The justices, by a unanimous vote, ruled in favor of two U.S. Secret Service agents, who remain shielded from a lawsuit filed by Steven Howards of Golden, Colorado. The man was arrested after confronting Cheney in a public area in 2006 — making physical contact with the vice president — and announcing his disagreement over the Iraqi war.

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