The New York Times reports that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to decide on a case that would force the Vice President to reveal secrets on his energy task force:
“The Supreme Court handed a major political victory to the Bush administration today, ruling 7 to 2 that Vice President Dick Cheney is not obligated, at least for now, to release secret details of his energy task force.
The majority of the justices agreed with the administration’s arguments that private deliberations among a president, vice president and their close advisers are indeed entitled to special treatment — arising from the constitutional principle known as executive privilege — although they said the administration must still prove the specifics of its case in the lower courts.
“A president’s communications and activities encompass a vastly wider range of sensitive material than would be true of any ordinary individual,” the court said in a summary of the majority opinion written by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.”
Those that brought the case against Cheney were “Judicial Watch, a conservative legal organization, and the Sierra Club, a liberal environmental group.”
Justices Souter and Ginsberg were the lone dissenters.
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