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Court panel orders subpoena to Vilsack be quashed

Friday - 7/25/2014, 7:00pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court has ordered that a subpoena be quashed for testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart.

Former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod sued Breitbart and his colleague Larry O'Connor after Breitbart posted an edited video of Sherrod, who is black, supposedly making racist remarks. Sherrod says her words were taken out of context.

With approval from U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, Sherrod and O'Connor subpoenaed Vilsack, who has said he requested Sherrod's resignation.

On Thursday, a three-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said top executive department officials should not be called to testify regarding their reasons for taking official actions, absent extraordinary circumstances.


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