Rumsfeld v. Padilla

542 U.S. 426 (2004)

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Rumsfeld v. Padilla

United States Supreme Court
542 U.S. 426 (2004)

AR

Facts

Padilla (plaintiff) was a United States citizen who was arrested on a plane from Pakistan. The United States believed Padilla was an enemy combatant who intended to engage in terrorist acts. Padilla filed a writ of habeas corpus petition in the Southern District of New York, where Padilla was initially held. While Padilla’s petition was pending, President Bush ordered Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld to classify Padilla as an enemy combatant. That same day, Padilla was taken into custody by the Department of Defense and moved to the Consolidated Naval Brig in South Carolina. Padilla amended his petition and named as respondents President Bush, Secretary Rumsfeld, and Commander Marr, commander of the Consolidated Naval Brig. The government moved to dismiss, arguing that Padilla had to bring his petition in the District of South Carolina and name only Commander Marr as respondent. The district court found that Secretary Rumsfeld was a proper respondent, and the appeals court affirmed. The government appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which granted cert.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Rehquist, C.J.)

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