FBI Director Robert Mueller (Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says it will decide whether
former Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert
Mueller (Mul'-er) must face a lawsuit that claims prisoners
detained after Sept. 11 were subject to ethnic and religious
The lawsuit was filed by Javaid Iqbal, a Pakistani Muslim who
spent nearly six months in solitary confinement in 2002. Iqbal,
since deported from the United States, says Ashcroft, Mueller and
others implemented a policy of confining detainees in highly
restrictive conditions because of their religious beliefs and race.
A federal appeals said the lawsuit could proceed, but the Bush
administration says the high-ranking officials should not have to
answer for the allegedly discriminatory acts of subordinates.
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