Supreme Court Hears Arguments on 9/11 Civil Rights Case

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As we near Inauguration Day for President-elect Donald Trump, a civil rights lawsuit from the George W. Bush era is taking on new life.

Today, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Ziglar v. Abassi. A group of government officials, including former Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller, are urging the Supreme Court to shut down the lawsuit filed by human rights lawyers filed back in 2002. These lawyers represent Muslim, South Asian, and Arab citizens who were allegedly swept up by the FBI's investigations into the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. The group was detained for months in restrictive conditions on the basis of their race and ethnicity, until cleared of any connection to terrorism. 

Stephen Vladeck, professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law, gives a primer on the case and how the Supreme Court is likely to vote.