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Iqbal v. Hasty

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
490 F.3d 143 (2007)


Javaid Iqbal (plaintiff), a Muslim Pakistani, was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and charged with conspiracy to defraud and identity fraud. Iqbal was subsequently detained in the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn. Thereafter, Iqbal was assigned to a special section of the prison called the Administrative Maximum Special Housing Unit (ADMAX SHU) for some time, before he was again returned to the general population. As a result of his as treatment while in custody, Iqbal brought suit against his jailors, the Director of the FBI, and the Attorney General (defendants) for damages. The suit was based on claims that Iqbal was arrested and detained as a person of high interest solely based on race and religion and claims that he was mistreated, beaten, and denied food in violation of his constitutional rights because of his race and religion. The defendants moved for dismissal, citing qualified immunity. The lower court denied the motion, and the defendants appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Newman, J.)

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