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Cheney Residency Dispute to Be Appealed

Wednesday, 22 November 2000 12:00 AM

Attorney Bill Berenson of Fort Worth said Tuesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Sydney A. Fitzwater would be appealed to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, the Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday. A similar lawsuit was rejected earlier in Florida.

The lawsuit is based on the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which forbids a state's presidential electors from voting for both a presidential and vice presidential candidate from their own state.

Shortly before his selection by Bush, Cheney, who had lived in Dallas for five years, traveled to Wyoming and changed his voter registration and driver's license to that state. Cheney has recently placed his Dallas home up for sale, according to the newspaper.

Cheney, a former Wyoming congressman, still owns a vacation home in the state.

Berenson said Cheney still owned the home in Dallas, had a Texas driver's license and listed himself as a Texas resident on his income-tax returns. He said Cheney worked most recently at chief executive officer of energy services giant Halliburton Co. in Dallas.

Berenson said Wyoming law required that those who seek residency must not claim residence in another state for at least one year.

Fitzwater, an appointee of President Reagan, said there was no showing of immediate and irreparable injury in the lawsuit filed in behalf of three registered Dallas County voters. He refused to have a hearing unless the plaintiffs supported the truth of their allegations.

A Cheney spokeswoman called the lawsuit frivolous.

"He's clearly legally switched his residence. The key here is 'legally,' " said Juleanna Glover Weiss, Cheney's press secretary.

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