The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia unsealed a ruling denying Guantanamo detainee Saifullah Paracha's petition for habeas corpus. In the January decision, the court held that the government may detain Paracha on the basis of evidence that he rendered "substantial support" to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, though he was not a member of either. The decision is available here and below.
The Justice Department has filed a motion to dismiss the criminal charge against Concord Management and Consulting, the company linked to the Internet Research Agency troll farm and indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "Further proceedings as to Concord, a Russian company with no presence in the United States and no exposure to meaningful punishment in the event of a conviction, promotes neither the interests of justice nor the nation’s security," the motion states.
House leadership has reached a deal to reauthorize portions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act otherwise set to expire on March 15. The bill is available here and below.
Democratic candidates for president have spent relatively little time discussing Justice Department independence on the campaign trail—in contrast to the first post-Watergate presidential election, when Jimmy Carter made rule-of-law reforms a major campaign issue.
The Justice Department’s handling of the sentencing of Roger Stone and Michael Flynn gives reason to worry about how Attorney General Barr will handle allegations against the Biden family.
President Trump has issued a new travel ban that restricts entry into the United States from Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. This is in addition to the revised travel ban already in effect, which restricts entry from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Venezuela and North Korea. The proclamation is available here and below.
Alan Dershowitz argues that “[i]f a president does something which he believes will help him get elected, in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.”