WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that former Attorney General John Ashcroft cannot be personally sued over his role in the post-9/11 arrest of a Muslim University of Idaho football star who was never charged with a crime.
By a 5-3 vote, the court said Ashcroft did not violate the constitutional rights of Abdullah al-Kidd, who was arrested in 2003 under a federal law intended to make sure witnesses testify in criminal proceedings.
Even with Tuesday's ruling, al-Kidd still has claims pending against the FBI agents who obtained the material witness warrant used to arrest him.
Al-Kidd now teaches English to college students in Saudi Arabia.
He was headed to Saudi Arabia on a scholarship in 2003 when federal agents arrested him at Dulles International Airport.