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Al Bahlul v. United States
On July 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit voted 6-1 to uphold the Government’s right bring al Qaeda leaders to trial before military tribunals for having conspired to murder American citizens during the September 11 attacks. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief urging the Court to reinstate charges against Ali al Bahlul, who served as al Qaeda’s media chief at the time of the attacks. The Court agreed with WLF that the conspiracy charge did not violate the Ex Post Facto Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The decision is a major step forward in efforts to bring the leaders of the 9/11 conspiracy to justice. Had the en banc court accepted al Bahlul’s Ex Post Facto Clause argument, as a prior three-judge appeal court panel did, the Administration’s ability to try al Qaeda leaders before military commissions would have been thrown into considerable doubt. WLF filed on behalf of a group of retired generals and admirals.
Case Status:
Victory. Monitoring for possible Supreme Court review.
More Information and Downloads:
7/25/2013: Download the Brief

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