The Supreme Court has refused to take up the lawsuit Valerie Plame
Wilson and Joe Wilson brought against Bush administration over the
exposure of Mrs. Wilson's employment at the CIA.
The justices denied certiorari without comment this morning. A
district court judge also rejected the suit, as did the D.C. Circuit in
a 2-1 ruling. The lower courts said individuals like the Wilsons could
not sue government employees for alleged privacy violations because the
law Congress wrote dealing with such violations, the Privacy Act,
directs liability to the government.
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Last month, the Obama Administration's representative before the high court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, urged the justices not to hear the case.
The exposure of Wilson's tie to the CIA led to a special counsel
investigation of the leak, which in turn resulted in the indictment and
conviction of Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis Libby, on
obstruction of justice charges. Libby's sentence was later commuted by
President George W. Bush.