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ACLU Appeal: Padilla v. Rumsfeld


By jimstaro - Posted on 08 June 2011

"If the Law Does Not Protect Jose Padilla . . . It Protects No One"

 

June 7, 2011 - In February, a federal district court in South Carolina dismissed our lawsuit on behalf of American citizen Jose Padilla against Donald Rumsfeld and other current and former officials, saying the former Secretary of Defense was entitled to "qualified immunity" for his role in the arbitrary detention and torture of Padilla. Today we appealed that dismissal to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

As you might recall, Padilla was arrested in March 2002, held without charge for four years in a South Carolina military brig and without access to a lawyer for two years, and was tortured to the point that brig authorities described his behavior (or lack thereof) as "like a piece of furniture." {continued with backlinks embedded}

 

ACLU Appeal: Padilla v. Rumsfeld

 

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