Appeals Court Says Ashcroft Can Be Sued By Man Claiming He Was Illegally Detained and Questioned by FBI
The question is what kind of legal precedent does this set?
Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is not immune from being sued by a man who says he was illegally detained under Justice Department policies implemented after the September 11 terror attacks, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
A spokesman for former Attorney General John Ashcroft says his team is reviewing the decision.
The man, a native-born U.S. citizen who was once a college football star, was held and interrogated by the FBI for 16 days in 2003 and his travel was limited for another year, court documents said.
A spokesman for Ashcroft, asked for his reaction, said, “We’re reviewing the decision and have no further comment.”