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Hamdi v. Rumsfeld

Hamdi v. Rumsfeld: The Background

In 2001, YaserHamdi was arrested in Afghansitan. The arrest came during the war with Afghanistan. YaserHamdi, the defendant in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, was an American citizen who was fighting with the Taliban. 
The Taliban is a terrorist faction and one of the most dangerous enemies of the United States. When he was arrested, YaserHamdi was taken to the United States and held at a military prison within the state of Virginia. While in prison, YaserHamdi claimed that he was unfairly denied the right to consult with or speak to a legal professional. In addition to this claim, YaserHamdi also said that he was being detained unfairly. 
The foundation of the Hamdi v. Rumsfeld case is found in the United States Constitution. Article II of the United States’ Constitution states that the federal government cannot infringe on a citizen’s rights, even if the efforts are aimed to preserve and protect the country’s well-being. Because Hamdi was an American citizen he felt that he should be guaranteed—as all citizens are—the rights expressed in the United States Constitution. 
Hamdi v. Rumsfeld: The Case Profile
The case of Hamdi v. Rumsfeld began on April 28th of 2004. The trial was filed by YaserHamdi after the man accused the Federal Government and more specifically Donald Rumsfeld (the Secretary of Defense of the U.S.) of violating his 8th Amendment rights. These rights entitle all American citizens to the due process clause. 
These rights guarantee citizens from the right to a fair trial and the ability to secure legal help from an attorney or legal professional. In addition to these rights, the due process clause also awards American citizens protection against unlawful imprisonment or detainment. Hamdi v. Rumsfeld was decided on June 28th of 2004 in the United States Supreme Court.
Hamdi v. Rumsfeld: The Verdict
The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hamdi, stating that the arrest violated the Due Process Clause outlined within the United States Constitution. The Due Process clause is defined as the government’s obligation to respect and uphold the legal rights of its citizens when they are arrested or detained. The case of Hamdi v. Rumsfeld therefore found that the United States government did not award Hamdi the rights latent in the due process clause. 

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