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Topic - Abdullah Al-Kidd
The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved a measure that would allow police officers to ticket people found with small amounts of marijuana instead of arresting them.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out damage claims against former Attorney General John Ashcroft over an American Muslim's arrest, but four justices said the case raises serious questions about post-9/11 detentions under a federal law intended to make sure witnesses testify.
Former Attorney General John Ashcroft cannot be sued over his role in the post-September 11 arrest by federal agents at Dulles International Airport of an American Muslim who was listed as a terrorism witness but was never charged with a crime, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
John Ashcroft approved a policy that led to the arrests of Abdullah al-Kidd and dozens of others without evidence of crimes. Now the Supreme Court will decide whether al-Kidd can try, through a civil lawsuit, to prove that Ashcroft should be held personally responsible for his arrest.
Authorities also discovered Aldawsari's journal, handwritten in Arabic, in which he wrote he had been planning a terrorist attack in the U.S. for years and that it was "time for jihad," or holy war, court documents show.
He said he was jailed for 16 days, repeatedly strip searched and at times left naked in a jail cell.