The Supreme Court dismissed the suit brought in al-Marri v. Spagone during conference this morning. The order is here.

Al-Marri argued that he was being held unlawfully because he had not been formally charged with any crimes during his almost 6-year long detention. That changed last week when the Obama administration filed formal charges against him and motioned to have the case dismissed. The Justices reacted to that motion today by vacating the ruling and remanding it to the Fourth Circuit with instructions to dismiss the appeal as moot.

Oral arguments, originally scheduled for Monday, April 27, will not take place.


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Categories

Random Posts

  • Chief Justice Roberts and Unanimous Decisions: When he was nominated to the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roberts mentioned that one of his main objectives as chief justice would be to cre...
  • Predicting the April Sitting: I run into the exact same debate every year around mid-January: which cases will be heard during the current term and which will be pushed o...
  • Average Age (1800-2010): I've posted a PDF of the Court's average age at the beginning of every term from 1800-present. The ages were taken on the first Monday in Oc...
  • Updated Term Stats: Term Index Vote Breakdown Vote Breakdown Stats --- You can see from the Term Index that Justice Stevens is the most likely author of...
  • Advocate Watch: With the Term quickly approaching it's midway point, we can take a look at which advocates have made the biggest mark on the Term. Hearing L...