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Alvarez-Machain Revisited

Upon further consideration of the various opinions in Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain, one of the Supreme Court’s more important (if less discussed) end-of-term decisions, I’d revise my initial comment. The Supreme Court correctly rejected Alvarez-Machain’s lawsuit, but may left the door open to further mischief under the Alien Tort Statute (aka the Alien Tort Claims Act). I hope to have a piece discussing the case in detail within the next few days.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.


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