September 4, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 4, 2009, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that former attorney general John Ashcroft was not entitled to immunity when he used the federal material witness statute to detain and investigate terrorism suspects without probable cause. In the case at issue, Al-Kidd v. ...[read more]
May 31, 2011
by Zach Zagger
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in Ashcroft v. al-Kidd that a witness in a terror investigation cannot challenge the constitutionality of an objectively reasonable arrest pursuant to a validly obtained warrant even if the government did not call or had no intention of calling the witness for ...[read more]
March 2, 2011
by Brian Jackson
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases: one regarding the extent of immunity for a federal official and another regarding the Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause. In Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd, former US attorney general John Ashcroft, appealed the decision of the US Court of ...[read more]
October 18, 2010
by Ashley Hileman
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certorari in Ashcroft v. al-Kidd to determine whether former US attorney general John Ashcroft is entitled to absolute or qualified immunity against claims that he used the material witness statute as a "pretext" to preventatively detain terrorism suspects. ...[read more]
September 4, 2009
by Ingrid Burke
Al-Kidd v. Ashcroft, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, September 4, 2009. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. Latest commentary available here. JURIST has more on John Ashcroft... ...[read more]

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