Tuesday, February 14, 2006


AP: Cheney cited for hunting without permit

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer -- Tuesday, 1 hour, 25 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney has been given a warning citation for breaking Texas hunting law by failing to buy a $7 stamp allowing him to shoot upland game birds.

The warning came from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department after it investigated Cheney's accidental shooting of a fellow quail hunter Saturday on the private Armstrong Ranch in the south part of the state.

A gate, left, blocks the main entrance to the Armstrong Ranch in Armstrong, Texas, Monday, where Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot fellow hunter Harry Whittington, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006. (AP Photo/Paul Iverson)

The department found the accident was caused by a "hunter's judgment factor" when Cheney sprayed another hunter while aiming at flying birds.

The report said Whittington, a prominent Republican attorney of Austin, was retrieving a downed bird and stepped out of the hunting line he was sharing with Cheney. "Another covey was flushed and Cheney swung on a bird and fired, striking Whittington in the face, neck and chest at approximately 30 yards," the report said.

Cheney, an experienced hunter, has not commented publicly about the accident. His office said Monday night in a statement that Cheney had a $125 nonresident hunting license and has sent a $7 check to cover the cost of the stamp. "The staff asked for all permits needed, but was not informed of the $7 upland game bird stamp requirement," the statement said.

Full AP-Yahoo News story.

Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas -- lawfirm webpage: www.haigler.info

Hospital surgeons report that not all of Cheneys's buckshot will be surgically removed from Mr. Whittington's head. This should not pose a medical problem for the victim. His physicians did say this however:

"Mr. Whittington will have to unscrew his head when passing through an airport metal detector."

Well, the bin Laden relatives were whisked out of the country shortly after 9-11, without passing through any kind of detectors at all. Maybe the Bushites can arrange the same kind of special treatment for Mr. Whittington.

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