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Former Abu Ghraib detainees appeal political question dismissal of suit against war-zone contractor

Iraqi citizens who claim that they were abused by civilian government contractor employees who helped the US military interrogate detainees at Abu Ghraib prison following the US invasion in 2003 are appealing a federal district court’s dismissal of their damages suit. On June 24, 2015…the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia entered judgment dismissing the suit on the ground that it is nonjusticiable under the political question doctrine…“The political question doctrine is a ‘function of the separation of powers,’ and prevents federal courts from deciding issues that the Constitution assigns to the political branches, or that the judiciary is ill-equipped to address.”…Now the Fourth Circuit will have the opportunity to review the district court’s application of the political question doctrine in the war-zone contractor context…

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