VP Cheney Records Can Stay Secret

Records can stay secret for now, but case still alive

Vice President Cheney won't have to turn over some secret records for now -- but the legal fight over them has been extended. The Supreme Court is refusing to order the Bush administration to make public the details of the task force Cheney headed to come up with a national energy policy. But the court's seven-to-two decision keeps the case alive by sending it back to a lower court. The justices say the lower court should consider if a federal open-government law applies in this case. Two groups -- one liberal and the other conservative -- had sued for access to the records. The issues were clouded by conflict-of-interest questions about Justice Antonin Scalia. He refused to step aside from hearing the case even though he and Cheney took a hunting trip together while the court was weighing Cheney's appeal.