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Case Name Meshal v. Higgenbotham NS-DC-0005
Docket / Court 1:09-cv-02178-EGS ( D.D.C. )
Additional Docket(s) 14-5194  [ -14 ]  Appellate Court (DC)
15-1461  [ -15 ]  U.S. Supreme Court
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) National Security
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
Case Summary
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Unreasonable search and seizure
Race discrimination
Religion discrimination
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Over/Unlawful Detention
Terrorism/Post 9-11 issues
Unconstitutional conditions of confinement
National Origin/Ethnicity
Arab/Afgani/Middle Eastern
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Ex Parte Young (Federal) or Bivens
Defendant(s) Federal Bureau of Investigation
Plaintiff Description A U.S. citizen who was detained and tortured while traveling abroad
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filing Year 2009
Case Closing Year 2017
Case Ongoing No
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1:09-cv-02178 (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/10/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Damages and Declaratory Relief [ECF# 3]
NS-DC-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/10/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
United States' Motion to Intervene as an Interested Party [ECF# 12]
NS-DC-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/11/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint Damages and Declaratory Relief [ECF# 51]
NS-DC-0005-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/21/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion [ECF# 63] (2014 WL 2648032) (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0005-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 06/13/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion (804 F.3d 417)
NS-DC-0005-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 10/23/2015
Source: Westlaw
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