Detention: Law of

Federal Judge Enjoins Section 1021 of the FY2012 NDAA

By Steve Vladeck
Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 5:58 PM

Out today, a 68-page opinion from Judge Katherine Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, entering a preliminary injunction barring the federal government from enforcing the substantive detention authority codified by the FY2012 NDAA on the ground that enforcement of the relevant provision (section 1021) might interfere with the plaintiffs' First and Fifth Amendment rights.  There's a lot here, including the central holding (that the NDAA is not merely a "reaffirmation" of the AUMF), but I haven't had the chance to read it carefully yet. Suffice it to say, I imagine folks will have more to say about the ruling in Hedges v. Obama over the next few days...