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U.S. Supreme Court pending action: Dockets, Orders, Briefs, Arguments, Opinions

For these cases: Al Odah, Rasul, Habib, 542 U.S. 466 (June 28 2004); Gherebi, Hamdi, 542 U.S. 507 (June 28 2004); Padilla, 542 U.S. 426 (June 28 2004); Alvarez-Machain, 542 U.S. 692 (June 29 2004) (U.S. Supreme Court, U.S.: United States Reports) {volume 542, 3mb.pdf}.

See also: Office of the Solicitor General (U.S. Deprtment of Justice), “Government Briefs.”

Jay Leno:  “And an embarrassing moment today for Vice President Dick Cheney as he went through the White House metal detector this morning. Security made him empty his pockets, and — whoops — out fell Justice Antonin Scalia.”

Sierra Club’s motion for recusal (Feb. 23 2004) {1666kb.pdf}. U.S. Supreme Court delegation to Scalia of its authority to rule on the motion (March 1 2004). Scalia’s ruling, denying the motion (March 18 2004) {150kb.pdf, 265kb.pdf}. Editorials: Washington Post (“Mr. Scalia deserves credit for a detailed, public explanation of his choice, an explanation that he was under no obligation to provide. But we’d guess that many reasonable people will remain, like we are, unpersuaded.”). New York Times (“Justice Scalia, having lowered the bar for judicial ethics by refusing to acknowledge the reasonableness of questions about his impartiality, has guaranteed that the Supreme Court will end up embarrassed, no matter which way it rules.”). Maureen Dowd (“That incandescent intellect, the Stephen Hawking of jurisprudence, has been kind enough to take time from his busy schedule to explain to us how the Republic really works. ... Everybody does it.”)

Political Prisioners

Guantánamo Bay (foreigners):

See also: “U.S. Supreme Court Brief Resource Center: Guantanamo Bay Cases” (Jenner & Block, Attorneys, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas).

Al Odah v. United States (12 Kuwaiti nationals: Fawzi Khalid Abdullah Fahad Al Odah, Omar Rajab Amin, Nasser Nijer Naser Al Mutairi, Khalid Abdullah Mishal Al Mutairi, Abdullah Kamal Abdullah Kamal Al Kandari, Abdulaziz Sayer Owain Al Shammari, Abdullah Saleh Ali Al Ajmi, Mohammed Funaitel Al Dihani, Fayiz Mohammed Ahmed Al Kandari, Fwad Mahmoud Al Rabiah, Adil Zamil Abdull Mohssin Al Zamil, and Saad Madai Saad Al Azmi) {82kb.html, 111kb.pdf, 111kb.pdf}, consolidating Rasul v. Bush (2 U.K. nationals: Shafiq Rasul and Asif Iqbal, and 1 Australian: David Hicks) (No. 02-5288) and Habib v. Bush (1 Australian: Mamdough Habib) (No. 02-5284), 321 F.3d 1134 (D.C. Cir., No. 02-5251, March 11 2003), rehearing denied without opinion June 2 2003, affirming Rasul v. Bush {70kb.pdf}, consolidating Al Odah v. United States (No. 02-CV-828) and explaining dismissal without opinion of Habib v. Bush (No. 02-CV-1130), 215 F. Supp. 2d 55 (D.D.C., No. 02-CV-299, July 30 2002), certiorari granted Nov. 10 2003 {24kb.html, 81kb.pdf}, consolidating Rasul (including Habib) (U.S., No. 03-334) and Al Odah (U.S., No. 03-343).

Note:  On February 19 2004, the U.K. Foreign Minister, Jack Straw, announced {copy} that the U.S. government will release five U.K. nationals in the next two weeks, including the two parties to the Rasul case: Shafiq Rasul and Asif Iqbal. Four additional U.K. nationals at Guantánamo (of the 9 total) are still under discussion. They were flown to the U.K. on Tuesday March 9 2004, arrested, and then released the next day.

Accounts from the released prisoners of their treatment in the hands of the U.S. Military: Rosa Prince, Gary Jones, “My Hell in Camp X-Ray” (Jamal al-Harith, a/k/a: Jamal Udeen) (The Mirror, London, March 12 2004). Tania Branigan, “Briton accuses American captors{copy} (Tarek Dergoul) (The Guardian, London, March 13 2004). David Rose, “Revealed: the full story of the Guantanamo Britons” (The Observer, London, March 14 2004). Interviews, “Inside Guantanamo: How we survived jail hell” (Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal, Ruhal Ahmed) (The Observer, London, March 14 2004). Severin Carrell, “Released British men tell of beatings, solitary confinement, and threats, to try to make them confess” (The Independent, London, March 14 2004).

Petitions for Certiorari

Fawzi Khalid Abdullah Fahad Al Odah, et al., Petition for Writ of Certiorari (Sept. 2 2003) (12 Kuwaiti nationals) {311kb.pdf, 211kb.pdf}

Fawzi Khalid Abdullah Fahad Al Odah, et al., Appendix to Petition for Writ of Certiorari (Sept. 2 2003) {3260kb.pdf}

Shafiq Rasul, Petition for Writ of Certiorari (Sept. 2 2003) (2 U.K. nationals: Shafiq Rasul and Asif Iqbal, and 1 Australian national: David Hicks) {1695kb.pdf, 1638kb.pdf}

U.S. Brief in opposition to Petitions for Writ of Certiorari (Oct. 3 2003) {56kb.html, 99kb.pdf, 69kb.html}

Brief in support of petitions by amicus curiae Fred Korematsu (Oct. 3 2003) {139kb.html, 272kb.pdf, 162kb.pdf}. See Korematsu v. United States, 584 F.Supp. 1406 (N.D. Cal. 1984).

Brief in support of petitions by amici curiae Former American Prisoners of War (Oct. 3 2003) {171kb.pdf, 58kb.pdf}.

Brief in support of petitions by amici curiae Retired U.S. Military Officers (Oct. 3 2003) {271kb.pdf, 156kb.pdf}.

Brief in support of petitions by amici curiae Former U.S. Federal Judges, Former U.S. Government Officials, and U.S. Lawyers (Oct. 3 2003) (John J. Gibbons, Nathaniel R. Jones, Abner J. Mikva, William A. Norris, H. Lee Sarokin, Harold R. Tyler Jr., Paul Simon, Conrad K. Harper, Deborah L. Rhode, Jerome J. Shestack) {267kb.pdf, 159kb.pdf}.

Brief in support of petitions by amici curiae Former U.S. Diplomats (Oct. 3 2003) (Diego C. Asencio, A. Peter Burleigh, Lincoln Gordon, Allen Holmes, R. Jwozniak, Robert V. Keeley, Samuel W. Lewis, Robert A. Martin, Arthur Mudge, David Newsom, R. H. Nolte, Herbert S. Okun, Anthony Quainton, Richard N. Viets, Alexander F. Watson, William Watts) {742kb.pdf, 659kb.pdf}.

Brief in support of petitions by amicus curiae Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association (Oct. 3 2003) {189kb.pdf, 197kb.pdf}.

Brief in support of petitions by amicus curiae Commonwealth Lawyers Association (Oct. 3 2003) {308kb.pdf, 77kb.pdf}.

Brief in support of petitions by amicus curiae International Law Expert Curtis F.J. Doebbler (Oct. 3 2003) {149kb.pdf}.

Petitions granted (Nov. 10 2003):

“The petitions for writs of certiorari are granted limited to the following Question:

Whether United States courts lack jurisdiction to consider challenges to the legality of the detention of foreign nationals captured abroad in connection with hostilities and incarcerated at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

The cases are consolidated and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument.”

U.S. Supreme Court, orders, Monday, November 10 2003 {24kb.html, 81kb.pdf}.

Briefs on the Merits

Fawzi Khalid Abdullah Fahad Al Odah, et al., Petitioners, Brief on the Merits (Jan. 14 2004) {296kb.pdf}

Shafiq Rasul, Petitioner, Brief on the Merits (Jan. 14 2004) {434kb.pdf, 431kb.pdf}

Joint Appendix filed (Jan. 14 2004)

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amicus curiae Omar Ahmed Khadr, by his friend Fatima el-Samnah (Jan. 12 2004) (a Canadian citizen, 15 years old when wounded and captured in Afghanistan in July 2002) {140kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amicus curiae International Commission of Jurists and American Association for the International Commission of Jurists (Jan. 12 2004) {56kb.html, 171kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amicus curiae International Law Expert (Curtis F.J. Doebbler, John Mitchell, Christine Chinkin, James Gray) (Jan. 13 2004). {396kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae 175 Members of Both Houses of the U.K. Parliament (Jan. 14 2004) {1630kb.pdf, 2014kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae Bipartisan Coalition of 16 National and International Non-Governmental Organizations (Jan. 14 2004) (Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (renamed: Human Rights First), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Law Society of England and Wales, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Social Workers, Legal Defense Fund, People For the American Way Foundation, Rutherford Institute, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, American Jewish Committee, Islamic Circle of North America, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, Union for Reform Judaism) {224kb.pdf, 224kb.pdf, 222kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae Center for Justice and Accountability, International League for Human Rights, and Individual Advocates for the Independence of the Judiciary in Emerging Democracies (Jan. 14 2004) (Youk Chhang, Benjamin Cuellar, Vojin Dimitrijevic, Tahir Elci, Jakob Finci, Gustavo Gallón, Sudarshana Gunawardana, Chandra Kanagasabai, Mulya Lubis, Lia Mukhashavria, Ahmed Othmani, Dr. Aurora Parong, Dr. Marijan Pavcnik, Naly Pilorge, Carlos Slepoy Prada, Lakshman Kumar Upadhyaya, and Benjamin Hyun Yoon) {90kb.pdf, 90kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amicus curiae Commonwealth Lawyers Association (Jan. 14 2004) (Sydney Kentridge, Colin Nicholls, Timothy Otty) {234kb.pdf, 234kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amicus curiae Former American Prisoners of War (Jan. 14 2004) (Leslie H. Jackson, Edward Jackfert, Neal Harrington) {251kb.pdf, 60kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amicus curiae National Institute of Militry Justice (Jan. 14 2004) {124 kb doc, 169kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae Former U.S. Diplomats (Jan. 14 2004) (Diego C. Asencio, A. Peter Burleigh, Lincoln Gordon, Allen Holmes, Robert V. Keeley, L. Bruce Laingen, Anthony Lake, Samuel W. Lewis, Stephen Low, Robert A. Martin, Arthur Mudge, David Newsom, R.H. Nolte, Herbert S. Okun, Thomas R. Pickering, Anthony Quainton, William D. Rogers, Monteagle Stearns, Viron P. Vaky, Richard N. Viets, Alexander F. Watson, William Watts, Robert J. Wozniak) {321kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae Former U.S. Federal Judges, Former U.S. Government Officials, and U.S. Lawyers (Jan. 14 2004) (Nathaniel R. Jones, Abner J. Mikva, William A. Norris, H. Lee Sarokin, Harold R. Tyler Jr., Conrad K. Harper, Deborah L. Rhode, Jerome J. Shestack) {190kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae Former U.S. Government Officials (Jan. 14 2004) (John H. Dalton, Richard Danzig, Jerry MacArthur Hultin, Carolyn H. Becraft, Philip B. Heymann, Doris Meissner, T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Patricia Wald) {235kb.pdf, 233kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amicus curiae Fred Korematsu (Jan. 14 2004) {97kb.pdf, 260kb.pdf}. See Korematsu v. United States, 584 F.Supp. 1406 (N.D. Cal. 1984).

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amicus curiae Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association (Jan. 14 2004) (Vaughan Lowe, Guy S. Goodwin-Gill) {240kb.pdf, 415kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae Legal Historians (Jan. 14 2004) (J.H. Baker, Mary Bilder, Barbara A. Black, Paul Brand, Sarah H. Cleveland, James S. Cockburn, Christine Desan, Charles Donahue, Lawrence M. Friedman, Robert W. Gordon, Sarah Barringer Gordon, Thomas A. Green, Paul D. Halliday, Hendrik A. Hartog, Daniel J. Hulsebosch, Nasser Hussain, Stanley N. Katz, Eben Moglen, William E. Nelson, James Oldham, Jonathan Rose, David J. Seipp, A.W. Brian Simpson, T. Robert Travers) {228kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in support of neither party by amici curiae Military Attorneys Assigned to the Defense in the Office of Military Commissions (Jan. 14 2004) (Sharon A. Shaffer, Charles Swift, Philip Sundel, Mark A. Bridges, Michael D. Mori) {288kb.pdf, 288kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae Retired U.S. Military Officers (Jan. 14 2004) (David M. Brahms, Donald J. Guter, John D. Hutson) {207kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae Hungarian Jews and Bougainvilleans, and motion for leave to file this brief (Jan. 14 2004) (the plaintiffs in Rosner v. United States {1435kb.pdf}, 231 F. Supp. 2d 1202 (S.D. Fla., No. 01-CV-1859-Seitz, Aug. 28, 2002) (“Hungarian Jews”) and the plaintiffs in Sarei v. Rio Tinto {602kb.pdf}, 221 F. Supp. 2d 1116 (C.D. Cal., No. 00-CV-11695-MMM, July 9 2002) (“Bougainvilleans”)) {89kb.pdf, 90kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amicus curiae Abdullah Al-Joaid (Jan. 14 2004) (brother of a Saudi national detained at Guantánamo Bay) {158kb.pdf, 161kb.pdf}

Extension of time within which to file respondent’s brief on the merits to and including March 3 2004 (Feb 3 2004)

Motion granted (Feb 23 2004) for leave to file amicus brief filed by Hungarian Jews and Bougainvilleans.

Set for Argument Tuesday, April 20 2004 (March 2 2004).

Brief on the Merits in Opposition by respondents United States, et al. (March 3 2004) {110kb.html, 197kb.pdf, 224kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Opposition to Petitioners by amicus curiae Citizens for Common Defense (March 3 2004) {4544kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Opposition to Petitioners by amici curiae Former Attorneys General of the United States, et al. (March 3 2004)

Brief on the Merits in Opposition to Petitioners by amici curiae American Center for Law & Justice, et al. (March 3 2004) {254kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Opposition to Petitioners by amici curiae Law Professors Kenneth Anderson, et al. (March 3 2004) {4554kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Opposition to Petitioners by amici curiae Washington Legal Foundation, et al. (March 3 2004) {149kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Opposition to Petitioners by amici curiae Bill Owens, et al. (March 3 2004)

Brief on the Merits in Opposition to Petitioners by amici curiae Alabama, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia (March 3 2004)

Motion of Military Attorneys Assigned to Defense in OMC for leave to participate in oral argument as amici curiae and for divided argument (March 11 2004)

Letter regarding the motion for oral argument from counsel for amici curiae Military Attorneys Assigned to Defense in OMC (March 15 2004)

Other cases

Gherebi v. Bush {typewritten: 144kb.pdf, printed: 289kb.pdf}, 352 F.3d 1278 (9th Cir., No. 03-55785, Dec. 18 2003), stay granted pending certiorari proceedings, Feb. 5 2004 (U.S., No. 03A637), petition for certiorari docketed March 3 2004 (U.S., No. 03-1245).

Petition for Certiorari

U.S. Petition for Writ of Certiorari, and Appendix (March 3 2004) (Response due April 5 2004), George W. Bush, President of the United States, et al., Petitioners v. Falen Gherebi. {183kb.html, 297kb.pdf}

Waiver of right of respondent Falen Gherebi to respond, filed (March 8 2004).


Navy Brig (U.S. citizens):

Hamdi v. Rumsfeld {208kb.pdf}, 316 F.3d 450 (4th Cir. No. 02-7338, Jan. 8 2003), rehearing en banc denied {336kb.pdf, 336kb.pdf} July 9 2003, certiorari granted {16kb.html, 46kb.pdf} Jan. 9 2004 (U.S., No. 03-6696):

See also: “U.S. Supreme Court Brief Resource Center: Hamdi v. Rumsfeld” (Jenner & Block, Attorneys, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas).

Petition for Certiorari

Yaser Esam Hamdi, Petition for Writ of Certiorari (Sept. 2 2003) {441kb.html}.

Brief in support of petition by amicus curiae Fred Korematsu (Oct. 3 2003) (the same brief, consolidated with Rasul and Al Odah, above) {139kb.html, 162kb.pdf}. See Korematsu v. United States, 584 F.Supp. 1406 (N.D. Cal. 1984).

Brief in support of petition by amici curiae Former Federal Judges, Former Government Officials and Lawyers (Oct. 3 2003) (John J. Gibbons, John J. Nathaniel, R. Jones, Abner J. Mikva, William A. Norris, H. Lee Sarokin, Harold R. Tyler, Jr., Paul Simon, Conrad K. Harper, Deborah L. Rhode, Jerome J. Shestack) {159kb.pdf}.

Brief in support of petition by amici curiae Former Prisoners of War and Experts on the Laws of War (Dec. 3 2003) (Douglas “Pete” Peterson, Leslie H. Jackson, Edward Jackfert, Paul Reuter, and Neal Harrington, Mary Robinson, Patricia McGowan Wald, Payam Akhavan, Mary Cheh, Stephen Saltzburg, Marco Sassoli, Minna Schrag) {239kb.pdf}.

U.S. Brief in opposition to petition (Dec. 3 2003) {66kb.html, 156kb.pdf}.

Reply Brief of petitioners Yaser E. Hamdi and Esam Fouad Hamdi, as next friend of Yaser Esam Hamdi (Dec. 17 2003).

Supplemental brief of petitioners Yaser E. Hamdi and Esam Fouad Hamdi, as next friend of Yaser Esam Hamdi (Jan. 5 2004) {954kb.pdf}.

Supplemental brief of respondents Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, et al. (Jan. 7 2004) {153kb.pdf}.

Petition granted (Jan. 9 2004):

“The motion of petitioner for leave to proceed in forma pauperis and the petition for a writ of certiorari are granted.”

U.S. Supreme Court, orders, Friday, January 9 2004 {16kb.html, 46kb.pdf}.

Briefs on the Merits

Brief of Petitioners Yaser E. Hamdi and Esam Fouad Hamdi, as next friend of Yaser Esam Hamdi (Feb. 23 2004) {155kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae American Civil Liberties Union, American Jewish Committee, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Union for Reform Judaism (Feb. 23 2004) {317kb.pdf, 317kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae International Humanitarian Organizations and Associations of International Journalists (Feb. 23 2004) {185kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae International Law Professors (Feb. 23 2004) {1168kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae American Bar Association (Feb. 23 2004) {159kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae Global Rights (Feb. 23 2004) {255kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae Cato Institute (Feb. 23 2004) {91kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae Experts on the Law of War (Feb. 23 2004) {203kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae Nathaniel R. Jones, et al. (Feb. 23 2004) {90kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioners by amici curiae Certain Former Prisoners of War (Feb. 23 2004) {177kb.pdf}

Joint appendix filed, in two volumes (Feb. 23 2004)

Set for Argument Wednesday, April 28 2004 (March 2 2004)

Record received from U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Virginia (1 envelope) (March 15 2004)

Padilla v. Rumsfeld {186kb.pdf} (2d Cir., No. 03-2235, Dec. 18 2003), reversing {April 9 2003: 76kb.pdf, March 11 2003: 120kb.pdf, Dec. 4 2002: 231kb.pdf} (S.D.N.Y., No. 02-CV-4445, April 9 2003, Judge M. B. Mukasey), certiorari granted Feb. 20 2004 (U.S., No. 03-1027).

See also:Jose Padilla “Enemy Combatant” Case Resource Center” (Wiggin & Dana L.L.P., New Haven Connecticut); “Security Detainees and the Criminal Justice System” (Human Rights First, New York City); “U.S. Supreme Court Brief Resource Center: Rumsfeld v. Padilla” (Jenner & Block, Attorneys, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas); National Institute of Military Justice; “Supreme Court Docket, April 2004,” at Padilla (Findlaw).

Petition for Certiorari

George W. Bush (U.S. President), Order to hold Jose Padilla as enemy combatant (June 9 2002). {176kb.pdf}

U.S. Petition for Writ of Certiorari (Jan. 16 2004) (Response due Feb. 19 2004), Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, Petitioner v. Jose Padilla and Donna R. Newman, as Next Friend of Jose Padilla. {367kb.html, copy, 716kb.pdf}

U.S. Motion (Jan. 16 2004) to expedite consideration of the petition for a writ of certiorari. {138kb.pdf}

U.S. Motion to the Second Circuit to stay the Court’s Mandate that Padilla be Released (Jan. 16 2004). {227kb.pdf}

Motion Distributed (Jan. 20 2004) for Conference of January 23 2004.

Motion to expedite consideration filed by petitioner: Granted (Jan. 23 2004). A response to the petition for a writ of certiorari is to be filed with the Clerk and served upon the Solicitor General on or before 3 p.m., Wednesday, February 4 2004.

Jose Padilla Brief in Opposition (Feb. 4 2004) to U.S. Petition for Writ of Certiorari {240kb.pdf, 217kb.pdf, 216kb.pdf}

Distributed (Feb. 4 2004) for Conference of February 20, 2004.

U.S. Brief in Reply (Feb. 11 2004) to Jose Padilla’s Opposition to U.S. Petition for Writ of Certiorari {125kb.pdf, 68kb.pdf}

Jose Padilla Supplemental Brief in Opposition (Feb. 13 2004) to U.S. Petition for Writ of Certiorari and Reply Brief {27 kb doc, 58kb.pdf}

Petition granted (Feb. 20 2004):

“The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. The brief of petitioner is to be filed with the Clerk and served upon opposing counsel on or before 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, 2004. The brief of respondents is to be filed with the Clerk and served upon opposing counsel on or before 3 p.m., Monday, April 12, 2004. A reply brief, if any, is to be filed with the Clerk and served upon opposing counsel on or before 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2004.”

Miscellaneous Order, Friday, February 20 2004 (U.S. Supreme Court) {30kb.pdf}.

Set for Argument Wednesday, April 28 2004 (March 2 2004).

Briefs on the Merits

Brief of petitioner Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense (March 17 2004) {270kb.pdf, 156kb.pdf, 157kb.pdf}.

Joint appendix (March 17 2004) {406kb.pdf, 183kb.pdf, 181kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioner Rumsfeld by amicus curiae Criminal Justice Legal Foundation (March 16 2004) {129kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioner Rumsfeld by amicus curiae Virginia (March 17 2004) {946kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioner Rumsfeld by amici curiae Washington Legal Foundation, U.S. Representatives Walter Jones and Lamar Smith, and Allied Educational Foundation (March 17 2004) {157kb.pdf, 158kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioner Rumsfeld by amicus curiae American Center for Law & Justice (March 17 2004) {78kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in Support of Petitioner Rumsfeld by amici curiae John Cornyn (U.S. Senator, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights, Senate Judiciary Committee) and Larry E. Craig (U.S. Senator, Member of the Subcommittee) (March 17 2004) {1327kb.pdf}.

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Alien Tort Claims Act and Federal Tort Claims Act

Alvarez-Machain v. United States (400kb.html), 331 F.3d 604 (9th Cir., No. 99-56762, June 3 2003) (en banc: 11 Judges) (US kidnapping), certiorari granted {42kb.html, 207kb.pdf} Dec. 1 2003, consolidating Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain (U.S., No. 03-339), United States v. Alvarez-Machain (U.S., No. 03-485), oral argument March 30 2004 {transcript: 237kb.pdf}.

Issue(s): In litigation which followed the 1990 arrest of Doctor Humberto Alvarez-Machain at his office in Guadalajara by Mexican civilians at the behest of United states Drug Enforcement Agency agents, is the United states liable for his abduction under the Alien Tort Claims Act, on the ground that Alvarez-Machain’s arrest violated the law of nations? Did DEA agents also violate the Federal Tort Claims Act ? Holdings: The DEA had no authority to effect Dr. Alvarez-Machain’s arrest and detention in Mexico, and he may seek relief in federal court under the ATCA and the FTCA. The unilateral, non-consensual extraterritorial arrest and detention were arbitrary and in violation of the law of nations where Congress has expressed no intent authorizing extraterritorial law enforcement powers to support the DEA’s actions. Neither the “foreign activities” exception nor the “intentional tort” exception applies to shield the United states from FTCA liability. United states rather than Mexican law applied to determine damages, and damages are limited to Alvarez-Machain’s captivity in Mexico.”

Status of pending en banc cases,” June 3 2003 (deleted from the current text) (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, San Francisco).

Petitions for Certiorari

Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain (U.S., No. 03-339, docketed Sept. 5 2003)

Sosa Petition for Writ of Certiorari (Sept. 2 2003)

U.S. Brief in support of Sosa Petition for Writ of Certiorari (Sept. 25 2003) {102kb.html, 102kb.pdf}

Alvarez-Machain Opposition Brief (Oct. 6 2003)

Brief in support of Petition by amici curiae Washington Legal Foundation, National Fraternal Order of Police, Allied Educational Foundation (Oct. 6 2003) {141kb.pdf}

Brief in support of Petition by amici curiae National Foreign Trade Council, USA*Engage, National Association of Manufacturers, Chamber Of Commerce of the United States of America, United States Council for International Business (Oct. 6 2003) {158kb.pdf, 64kb.pdf, 682kb.pdf, 140 kb doc}

Brief in opposition to Petition by amici curiae Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (renamed: Human Rights First) and the Rutherford Institute (Oct. 6 2003) {176kb.pdf}

Reply of petitioner Jose Francisco Sosa (Nov. 12 2003)

United States v. Alvarez-Machain (U.S., No. 03-485, docketed Oct. 1 2003), extention of time to Oct. 1 for the U.S. to file: No. 03A157.

U.S. Petition for Writ of Certiorari (Oct. 1 2003) {59kb.html, 96kb.pdf}

U.S. Appendix to Petition for Writ of Certiorari (Oct. 1 2003) {447kb.html, 640kb.pdf}

Alvarez-Machain Opposition Brief (Oct. 31 2003)

U.S. Reply (Nov. 13 2003) to Alvarez-Machain’s Opposition Brief {24kb.html, 133kb.pdf}

Petitions granted (Dec. 1 2003):

“The petitions for writs of certiorari are granted. The cases are consolidated and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument.”

U.S. Supreme Court, orders, Monday, December 1 2003, p.4 {42kb.html, 207kb.pdf}.

Extension of time within which to file the joint appendix and petitioners’ briefs on the merits to and including January 23 2004 (Dec. 30 2003).

Consent to the filing of amicus briefs in support of either party received from counsel for the petitioner (Jan. 5 2004).

Set for Argument Tuesday, March 30 2004 (Jan. 12 2004).

Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner (Jan 16 2004).

Briefs on the Merits

See also:Alvarez briefs in pdf format” (Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman LLP, Los Angeles).

See also:The Alvarez Case briefs” (EarthRights International, Washington D.C.; Chiang Mai Thailand).

Petitioner U.S. Brief on the Merits (Jan. 23 2004) (U.S., No. 03-485) {118kb.html, 276kb.pdf, 190kb.pdf}

Petitioner Jose Francisco Sosa Brief on the Merits (Jan. 23 2004) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {274kb.pdf, 274kb.pdf}

U.S. Brief on the Merits Supporting Sosa (Jan. 23 2004) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {102kb.html, 156kb.pdf, 156kb.pdf, 156kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in support of Sosa by amici curiae National Foreign Trade Council, Inc., et al. (National Foreign Trade Council, USA*Engage, Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, United States Council For International Business, the International Chamber of Commerce, Organization for International Investment, Business Roundtable, American Petroleum Institute, US-Asean Business Council) (Jan. 23 2004) {113kb.pdf, 119kb.pdf, 119kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in support of Sosa amici curiae Washington Legal Foundation, et al. (Washington Legal Foundation, National Fraternal Order of Police, Allied Educational Foundation) (Jan. 23 2004) (No. 03-339) {318kb.pdf, 318kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in support of Sosa amicus curiae National Association of Manufacturers (Jan. 23 2004) (No. 03-339) {228kb.pdf, 228kb.pdf, 228kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in support of neither party by amicus curiae European Commission (Jan. 23 2004) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {248kb.pdf, 248kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in support of Sosa amici curiae Governments of Commonwealth of Australia, et al. (Australia, Switzerland, U.K.) (Jan. 23 2004) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {2201kb.pdf, 2201kb.pdf, 2201kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits in support of Sosa amici curiae Professors of International Law, Federal Jurisdiction, and the Foreign Relations Law of the United States (Samuel Estreicher, John C. Harrison, John O. McGinnis, Michael D. Ramsey, Paul B. Stephan, Ruth Wedgwood, A. Mark Weisburd) (Jan. 23 2004) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {208kb.pdf}.

Brief on the Merits amicus curiae Pacific Legal Foundation (Jan. 23 2004).

Record received (Feb. 5 2004) from the U.S.C.A. for the 9th Circuit. (1 envelope).

Record received (Feb. 5 2004) for the U.S.D.C. for Central California by Chambers of Judge Margaret McKeown, U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit. (5 boxes)

Consent (Feb. 20 2004) to the filing of amicus briefs in support of either party received from counsel for the respondent. (Sosa, No. 03-339).

Humberto Alvarez-Machain, et al., respondents, Opposition Brief on the Merits (Feb. 27 2004) (U.S., No. 03-485) {335kb.pdf, 338kb.pdf}

Humberto Alvarez-Machain, et al., respondents, Opposition Brief on the Merits (Feb. 27 2004) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {372kb.pdf, 374kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in support of Alvarez-Machain amici curiae National and Foreign Legal Scholars (Feb. 26 2004) (Wendy A. Adams, Philip Alston, Jose E. Alvarez, Diane Marie Amann, Penelope Andrews, Deborah Anker, Bridget Arimond, Jeffery Atik, M. Cherif Bassiouni, Richard Bilder, Christopher Blakesley, Carolyn Patty Blum, Kathryn Lee Boyd, Rosa Ehrenreich Brooks, Bartram S. Brown, Peter Burns, Andrew Byrnes, Douglass W. Cassel, Hilary Charlesworth, Christine M. Chinkin, Roger S. Clark, Sarah Cleveland, Marjorie Cohn, James M. Cooper, Alberto Costi, Rhonda Copelon, Anthony D'Amato, Lori Fisler Damrosch, Constance de la Vega, Laura Dickinson, Robert F. Drinan S.J., Paul R. Dubinsky, George E. Edwards, Stephanie Farrior, Gregory H. Fox, Robert K. Goldman, Jose A. Guevara, Malvina Halberstam, Gunther Handl, Hurst Hannum, Laurence R. Helfer, Mark W. Janis, Menno T. Kamminga, Linda M. Keller, Jules Lobel, Bert B. Lockwood, Ellen Lutz, Beth Lyon, Linda A. Malone, Jennifer Martinez, Garth Meintjes, Juan E. Méndez, Mayo Moran, James A.R. Nafziger, John Noyes, Mary Ellen O'Connell, Diane Orentlicher, Hari Osofsky, Jordan J. Paust, John Quigley, Jane Rocamora, Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Leila Nadya Sadat, William A. Schabas, Paul Schiff Berman, Craig Scott, James Silk, Edwin M. Smith, David Sloss, Henry J. Steiner, Fernando R. Tesón, Jon M. Van Dyke, Beth Van Schaack, Ana Vega, Penny M. Venetis, Graham J. Virgo, David S. Weissbrodt, Richard J. Wilson, Jeanne M. Woods, Eric Yamamoto) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {129kb.pdf, 136kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in support of Alvarez-Machain amici curiae Career Foreign Service Diplomats (Feb. 27 2004) (James Akins, Jack R. Binns, Eugene Bird, Harry C. Blaney III, Larry G. Butcher, Suzanne S. Butcher, Christian Chapman, Elizabeth Spiro Clark, Goodwin Cooke, Carleton S. Coon, Jr., John Gunther Dean, Willard Ames De Pree, John Ferch, F. Allen “Tex” Harris, Robert V. Keeley, Brady Kiesling, David Korn, Princeton Lyman, Richard Cavins Matheron, John W. McDonald,, Edmund McWilliams, Donald Norland, Edward L. Peck, Jack R. Perry, William A. Root, Ronald I. Spiers, Robert White, Robert J. Wozniak) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {65kb.pdf, 67kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in support of affirmance (Alvarez-Machain) amici curiae International Jurists (Feb. 27 2004) (Mary Robinson, Radhika Coomaraswamy, C. John R. Dugard, Marcus Einfeld, Elizabeth Evatt, Thomas M. Franck, Jochen Frowein, Richard J. Goldstone, Louis Henkin, Theodore M. Hesburgh, Lord Lester of Herne Hill (Anthony Lester), Claire L'Heureux-Dubé, Juan E. Méndez, Pedro Nikken, Nigel Rodley, Henry G. Schermers, Stefan Trechsel) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {83kb.pdf, 83kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in support of Alvarez-Machain amici curiae World Jewish Congress and American Jewish Committee (Feb. 27 2004) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {209kb.pdf, 209kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in support of Alvarez-Machain amici curiae Center for Justice and Accountability, et al. (Feb. 27 2004) (Center for Justice and Accountability, National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs, and Individual ATCA Plaintiffs: Abebe-Jira v. Negewo: Elizabeth Demissie; Romagoza, Gonzalez, and Mauricio v. Garcia and Vides Casanova: Juan Romagoza Arce, Neris Gonzalez, Carlos Mauricio; Cabello-Barrueto, et al. v. Fernández Larios: Zita Cabello-Barrueto; Doe v. Karadzic: Alma Vilogorac; Filártiga v. Peña-Irala: Dolly Filártiga; Mehinovic v. Vuckovic: Kemal Mehinovic; Reyes, et al. v. Grijalba: Oscar Reyes, Gloria Reyes, Zenaida Velásquez; Roe v. Unocal Corporation, Doe v. Unocal Corporation: John Roe VIII, John Doe V, John Doe XI; SINALTRAINAL v. Coca-Cola Co.: Jose Domingo Flores) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {264kb.pdf, 264kb.pdf, 264kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in support of Alvarez-Machain amici curiae Alien Friends Representing Hungarian Jews and Bougainvilleans Interests (Feb. 27 2004) (the plaintiffs in Rosner v. United States {1435kb.pdf}, 231 F. Supp. 2d 1202 (S.D. Fla., No. 01-CV-1859-Seitz, Aug. 28, 2002) (“Hungarian Jews”) and the plaintiffs in Sarei v. Rio Tinto {602kb.pdf}, 221 F. Supp. 2d 1116 (C.D. Cal., No. 00-CV-11695-MMM, July 9 2002) (“Bougainvilleans”)) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {112kb.pdf, 112kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in support of Alvarez-Machain amici curiae Surviving Family Members of the Victims of the September 11 2001 Terrorist Attacks (Feb. 27 2004) (Barry Amundsen, Kimi Beaven, Kelly Campell, Charles Greene, Douglas F. Greene, Regan Grice-Vega, John Leinung, Elaine Leinung, Alissa Rosenberg-Torres, Paula Shapiro, Jack Shapiro, Dorothy Shapiro) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {121kb.pdf, 121kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in support of Alvarez-Machain amici curiae Professors of Federal Jurisdiction and Legal History (Feb. 27 2004) (Vikram Amar, William R. Casto, Sarah H. Cleveland, Drew S. Days III, William S. Dodge, David M. Golove, Robert W. Gordon, Stewart Jay, John V. Orth, Judith Resnik, Anne-Marie Slaughter) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {91kb.pdf, 91kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in support of Alvarez-Machain amici curiae Corporate Social Responsibility (Feb. 27 2004) (International Labor Rights Fund, International Center for Corporate Accountability, Verité, Domini Social Investments, KLD Research & Analytics Inc., Harrington Investments Inc., Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, Commission for the Verification of Codes of Conduct, OECD Watch, Oxfam International, Rugmark Foundation, TransAfrica Forum, Jubilee South Africa, Development Gap) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {3648kb.pdf, 3648kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in support of Alvarez-Machain amici curiae International Human Rights Organizations and Religious Organizations (Amnesty International, Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, The Berne Declaration, Canadian Helsinki Watch Group, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Center for Constitutional Rights, Center for Economic and Social Rights, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Center for Human Rights of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, Center on Housing Rights and Evictions, Center for Justice & Accountability, Christian Aid, Doughty Street Chambers International Law Team, Earthrights International, Faith and Action, Friends of the Earth, Germanwatch, Global Rights (formerly International Human Rights Law Group), Global Witness, Human Rights Advocates, Human Rights Council of Australia, Human Rights First (formerly Lawyers Committee for Human Rights), Human Rights Watch, Immigration Clinic, Institute on Religion and Public Policy, International Commission of Jurists, International Federation for Human Rights, International Human Rights Law Clinic, International League for Human Rights, Interights, Jacob Blaustein Center for Advancement of Human Rights, Joseph R. Crowley Program in International Human Rights, JUSTICE, National Clergy Council, Physicians for Human Rights, Public Interest Advocacy Center, REDRESS, Safe Horizon, Shalom Center, Swedish NGO Foundation for Human Rights, TRIAL (Track Impunity Always), United electrical Radio and Machine Workers, Urban Morgan Institute for Human rights, War Crimes Research Office, World Economy, Ecology and Development, World Organization Against Torture, World Organization Against torture, USA) (Feb. 27 2004) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {4600kb.pdf, 4600kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in support of Alvarez-Machain amici curiae Women’s Human Rights Organizations (Feb. 27 2004) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {2487kb.pdf}

Brief on the Merits in support of Alvarez-Machain amici curiae Presbyterian Church of Sudan, et al. (Feb. 27 2004) (Plaintiff in Presbyterian Church of Sudan v. Talisman Energy, Inc. {230 kb doc}, 244 F. Supp.2d 289 (S.D.N.Y., March 19 2003) and Clifton Kirkpatrick, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly (senior continuing officer of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.))) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {364kb.pdf}

Motion enlargement of time for oral argument and for divided argument, filed by respondent the Solicitor General (March 5 2004).

Motion granted for enlargement of time for oral argument and for divided argument (March 19 2004).

Reply of United States as petitioner (March 23 2004) (U.S., No. 03-485) {80kb.pdf}.

Reply of petitioner Jose Francisco Sosa (March 23 2004) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {186kb.pdf}.

Reply of United States as respondent supporting petitioner Sosa (March 23 2004) (Sosa, No. 03-339) {80kb.pdf}.

Argued, March 30 2004. For petitioner United States: Paul D. Clement (Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington D.C.). For petitioner Sosa: Carter G. Phillips (Washington D.C.). For respondents: Paul L. Hoffman (Venice California). {Transcript: 237kb.pdf, copy}

 

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