2014-05-19T135401Z_1_CBREA4I12M200_RTROPTP_2_USA-COURT

Supreme Court agrees to hear air marshal whistleblower case

Visitors to the Supreme Court are pictured jn the rain in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would weigh whether the federal government rightly fired a U.S. air marshal for disclosing sensitive information to the news media. The justices agreed to hear an appeal filed by the administration of President Barack Obama, which was seeking review of an appeals court ruling in favor of the whistleblower, Robert MacLean. In 2003, MacLean told an MSNBC reporter that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had decided not to assign air marshals to certain long-distance flights, a decision he disagreed with.

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