Anwar Awlaki and the Power of Arrest

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4 Responses

  1. Jack says:

    I would have let the arrest warrant stand, based on the reasonable possibility that the correction of the false statement was itself part of the pattern of criminal activity.

  2. george cotz says:

    I applaud this AUSA with integrity and a respect for the Constitution; lately, I have read about too many who seemed to believe that the means justified the ends. If all that prosecutors and the FBI knew about him was that he had talked to people who later did terrible things–nothing more– there was clearly no probable cause. The principle upheld by the AUSA was far more important than whatever shreds of evidence about criminal activity the FBI might have obtained.

  3. Perhaps the agents who arrested Awlaki at JFK should have checked that they had a valid warrant before they grabbed him.

  4. Jake says:

    Even better, put Awlaki or one of his obscene disciples on a planeload of lawprofs and let them blow it up. That might open a few eyes among the law professoriate, despite the overwhelming odds to the contrary.