Ashcroft Denied En Banc Stage in Abuse Case

December 11, 2015
Courthouse News Service

More than 13 years after innocent Muslims faced prison abuses, "it is time to move the case forward" against former Attorney General John Ashcroft and others, two Second Circuit judges said Friday as the federal appeals court refused calls to hear the case en banc.

The landmark class action accuses Ashcroft and other high-ranking officials in the President George W. Bush administration of endorsing the government "dragnet" created by then-FBI chief Robert Mueller, which led hundreds of men into abusive custody at Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn and Passaic County Jail in New Jersey. ...

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