Appeals court rules against Ashcroft in 9/11 case
By REBECCA BOONE (AP) – 6 hours ago
BOISE, Idaho — A federal appeals court has ruled that former Attorney General John Ashcroft can be sued by people who claim they were wrongfully detained as material witnesses after 9/11, calling the practice a "repugnant to the Constitution."
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruled Friday that the claims of a former University of Idaho student plausibly suggest Ashcroft purposely used the material witness statute to detain suspects whom he wished to investigate and detain preventively.
"We find this to be repugnant to the Constitution and a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history," Judge Milan D. Smith Jr. wrote.
... All three judges on the panel have reputations as politically conservative jurists, with two appointed by former President George W. Bush and the third a Reagan appointee.
What? The imperial presidency may finally be required to answer under the law? No matter the result of any such trial, just the fact that they MIGHT be required to answer to the laws of our country is a very good thing!
I hope this appeals court ruling stands.