UPDATE: In keeping with public health precautions recommended in response to COVID-19, the Supreme Court is postponing the oral arguments currently scheduled for the March session (March 23-25 and March 30-April 1). The Court will examine the options for rescheduling those cases.
Join the Center for Constitutional Rights, CUNY CLEAR, and the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton at the Supreme Court for our case, Tanzin v. Tanvir. CUNY School of Law Professor Ramzi Kassem will argue.
This case was filed on behalf American Muslim men who were placed or kept on the No-Fly List by the FBI in retaliation for their refusal to spy on their Muslim communities. The case asks the simple question, can government officials be held accountable when they coerce people to become informants and retaliate against them when they refuse. The precise legal question before the Court is whether Congress intended in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) for individuals to be able to receive damages when government officials have interfered with their freedom to practice their religion. We are asking the Supreme Court to affirm the Court of Appeals decision to allow our clients to pursue their claims.
The first argument begins at 10:00 am, and Tanzin v. Tanvir will follow.