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Document: D.C. Circuit Vacates Orders of Nashiri Judge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday issued its opinion in In Re: Abd al-Rahim Muhammed al-Nashiri. The court held that Col. Vance Spath, the judge in the al-Nashiri case, should have been disqualified from his position while seeking a job as an immigration judge with the U.S. Department of Justice. The court vacated every order Spath has issued since Nov.

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Document: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Requests Public Release of Mueller Grand Jury Material

Today, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed an application in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for an order authorizing the public release of grand jury material “cited, quoted, or referenced” in Special Counsel Mueller's report to Attorney General Bill Barr.

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Document: Judge in Abu Ghraib Case Denies U.S. Sovereign Immunity for Jus Cogens Norms

On Friday, Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted government motions to dismiss and for summary judgment in Al Shimari v. CACI, a case brought by plaintiffs who were detained in Abu Ghraib. The full opinion is available here and below.

 

The Russia Connection

Document: Attorney General Barr Letter on Mueller Report

Attorney General William Barr has sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Committees on the Judiciary containing his summary of the conclusions of the report issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller at the conclusion of Mueller's investigation. Barr's letter is available here and below.

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Documents: House Request for Trump-Putin Meeting Information and White House Response

On March 4, the chairmen of the House committees on Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform sent a request to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney for information regarding a Washington Post report that President Trump sought to conceal notes of interpreters and linguists following meetings with Russian Presi

Federal Law Enforcement

Documents: Court Unseals Documents Regarding Chelsea Manning Subpoena

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has unsealed several filings concerning Chelsea Manning's challenge to a subpoena in that court. Manning was found to be in civil contempt on March 8 after declining to answer questions before the grand jury and has been imprisoned.

Transgender Servicemembers

Document: Judge Clarifies Preliminary Injunction of Transgender Service Ban

On March 19, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia clarified in a filing that the court's nationwide preliminary injuction of President Trump's transgender service ban remains in effect, in response to the Defense Department's announcement that it would begin enforcing the policy in April. The notice is available in full here and below.

Detention & Guantanamo

Document: Habeas Petition of Guantanamo Detainee Denied

In an opinion signed on Jan. 28 and released in redacted form on Mar. 15, Judge Royce C. Lambeth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied a petition for a writ of habeas corpus from Abdulsalam Ali Abdulrahman al-Hela, a Yemeni citizen captured in Afghanistan in 2002 and detained at Guantanmo Bay since 2004. The full opinion is available here and below.

 

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