A federal appeals court ordered a California trial judge Wednesday to review whether the U.S. government acted in bad faith in a case involving a Muslim woman’s erroneous placement on a “no fly” list.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, lambasted the government’s conduct in the case of Dr. Rahinah Ibrahim, a Malaysian national and now-Stanford University doctorate, who was wrongly placed on a “no fly” list in 2004. That move—and her 2005 detention in a San Francisco airport—spurred a yearslong legal fight between Ibrahim’s civil rights lawyers at San Jose firm McManis Faulkner and the government.
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