May 18, 2012
by Cody Harding
On May 18, 2009, the US Supreme Court ruled in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, concerning a complaint filed against former US Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller and other officials. The Court held 5-4 that terrorism suspect Javaid Iqbal failed to adequately state a claim under Rule 8 ...[read more]
September 14, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 14, 2007, Alberto Gonzales officially resigned from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) as the US Attorney General. Gonzales served a turbulent two-and-a-half years in the Bush administration after he was nominated in February 2005 to replace John Ashcroft. He was ultimately forced to ...[read more]
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]
August 4, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ruled that former US attorney general John Ashcroft is entitled to absolute immunity from the claims of a Muslim American detained for two weeks after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The ruling is consistent with the recent ...[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]
March 19, 2010
by Patrice Collins
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday denied a petition by former attorney general John Ashcroft to reconsider its decision that Ashcroft is not entitled to absolute and qualified immunity in an unlawful detention case. By declining to rehear its previous ruling, the court is ...[read more]
September 5, 2009
by Bhargav Katikaneni
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Friday that former attorney general John Ashcroft is not entitled to absolute and qualified immunity, allowing an unlawful detention lawsuit by US citizen Abdullah Al-Kidd to go forward. At the heart of the case is whether the Department of ...[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]
May 18, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
A coalition of progressive organizations Monday filed disciplinary complaints with five state bar associations seeking the disbarment of 12 former US government officials associated with the legal rationales behind the Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation techniques. Complaints f... ...[read more]
May 18, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 in Ashcroft v. Iqbal that a complaint filed against former US Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller and other officials by a terrorism suspect failed to adequately state a claim under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8 and the Court... ...[read more]

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