Terrorist or Witness?: Ashcroft v. al-Kidd and Preventive Detainment

March 21, 2011 • 12:15 PM • Law School 4047
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On March 2, the Supreme Court once again delved into the realm of the War on Terror. The Court heard arguments concerning whether former Attorney General John Ashcroft can exercise governmental immunity for using the federal material witness statute to detain terrorism suspects in the aftermath of 9/11. Join Professors Beale, Buell, and Dunlap as they discuss the material witness statute, prosecutorial discretion, and the possible implications of Ashcroft v. al-Kidd. Event sponsored by the Duke Journal for Constitutional Law and Public Policy and co-sponsored by the ICCSN. For more information, please contact Sara Wexler at