Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

This week the blog will publish a multi-part online symposium on United States v. Texas, a challenge by Texas and twenty-five states to the Obama administration's deferred-action policy for immigration. Contributions to this special feature, as well as an “explainer” by this blog's Lyle Denniston, are available here.

Ashcroft, Former ATT’Y Gen. v. Iqbal

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07-1015 2d Cir. Dec 10, 2008
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May 18, 2009 5-4 Kennedy OT 2008

Issue: Whether current and former federal officials, including FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Attorney General John Ashcroft, are entitled to qualified immunity against allegations they knew of or condoned racial and religious discrimination against individuals detained in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy on May 18, 2009.

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