The Supreme Court on Monday granted review in a case that the Bush administration warned could expose top government officials to distracting trials and personal liability for their actions in the war on terror.

The case, Ashcroft v. Iqbal, asks the Court to reverse a ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowing a lawsuit to proceed against former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other top officials. The case, which was brought by a Pakistani citizen detained in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, will be argued in the fall.

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