Public Merits Briefing Complete in Abdah v. Obama (Latif)

By Larkin Reynolds
Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 8:35 PM

Today the final public merits brief became available in the D.C. Circuit case of Abdah v. Obama (No. 10-5319).  The petitioner in this case is Adnan Farhan Abd Al Latif, who won his case before Judge Henry Kennedy in July of last year. Oral argument in the case has been scheduled for March 15, 2011.

Pertinent documents include:

The 2010 opinion granting Latif the writ

The Government's opening brief

The Petitioner’s response brief

The Government's reply brief

This case concerns Judge Kennedy’s treatment of the evidence. Essentially, the government argues that the judge gave too much credit to statements that Al Latif made in a 2009 declaration and too little weight to various reports the government submitted in support of its claims. The petitioner counters that Judge Kennedy's decision does not reflect clear error.