Ag Sec'y Vilsack subpoenaed in 'racist' video suit
WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been subpoenaed in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart.
Former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod filed the lawsuit against Breitbart and his colleague Larry O'Connor in 2011, a year after Breitbart posted an edited video of Sherrod supposedly making racist remarks. USDA officials asked her to resign and the video ignited a racial firestorm.
It later came out that the video had been edited and Sherrod's words had been taken out of context. They had been an attempt at racial reconciliation.
Lawyers for Sherrod and O'Connor said Friday that they had subpoenaed Vilsack for deposition earlier this week. They did so after U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon said in a hearing Monday that Vilsack's testimony could speed up conclusion of the case.