Alex Loomis

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Alex Loomis graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. While in law school, he interned in the International Affairs Division of the Office of General Counsel of the Defense Department, as well as the Office of the Legal Adviser at the State Department. He graduated cum laude from Harvard college in 2012.

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Case Coverage: Military Commissions

This Week at the Military Commissions, 10/12 Session: “An Anomaly in the Law”

Wednesday’s session opens up with Jim Harrington, counsel for Ramzi Binalshibh arguing in favor of 152JJJ, a request for testimonial immunity for Abu Zubaydah in connection with Binalshibh’s motion to hold the guards in contempt for poor camp conditions. Harrington recites the criteria for granting testimonial immunity: that the witness intends to invoke a right to refuse to answer a question, that the government would receive a tactical advantage from denying or objecting to immunity, and that the testimony pertains to otherwise unobtainable evidence.

Political Question Doctrine

Why Are the Lower Courts (Mostly) Ignoring Zivotofsky I’s Political Question Analysis?

Last week, the Fourth Circuit heard an appeal in Al Shimari v. CACI Premier Technology, Inc. Steve Vladeck earlier flagged the case at Just Security, but for those who haven't read his post: Al Shimari alleges that a military contractor was partly responsible for torturing him at Abu Ghraib.

Media Criticism

On the New York Times, U.S. Aid to Egypt, and the Leahy Law

The New York Times ran an editorial yesterday disparaging the federal government’s “feckless Egypt policy.” The editorial board quoted favorably from a letter Senator Patrick Leahy had sent Secretary of State John Kerry, expressing concern first that aid to Egypt is both "backfiring" and unlawful to boot.