A 9th Circuit panel of judges ruled Ashcroft violated the rights of citizens held as material witnesses without cause
The ex-attorney general, John Ashcroft, has been denied general immunity from liability for the material witness arrests. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft talks to reporters after meeting with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about the controversy regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, FISA, , at the Capitol in Washington (Thursday, June 21, 2009). A federal appeals court delivered a stinging rebuke Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, to the Bush administration’s detention policies after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, ruling that former Attorney General John Ashcroft can be held liable for people who were wrongfully detained as material witnesses. Photo: Lauren Victoria Burke/AP (via Miami Herald). Image may be subject to copyright.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that John Ashcroft violated the rights of U.S. citizens by ordering arrests on material witness warrants when the government lacked probable cause. The 3-judge panel also denied the ex-attorney general immunity from liability for his use of material witness warrants in national security investigations.
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