Justices Nix Claims Against Bush Officials Over 9/11 Probe

Law360, Washington (June 19, 2017, 10:35 AM EDT) -- Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and other high-ranking Bush administration officials cannot be held personally liable for alleged civil rights abuses during the FBI’s post-9/11 investigation, the Supreme Court held on Monday, scrapping yet another suit from Muslim immigrants detained in Ashcroft’s “hold-until-cleared” dragnet.

In a 4-2 vote, the high court threw out civil rights claims that Ashcroft and other senior Bush administration officials targeted suspects solely based on ethnicity and religion during the massive 9/11 investigation, code-named PENTTBOM, and held them for months under...
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