A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Oregon lawyer arrested in Madrid bombings sues government

[JURIST] As expected, Oregon lawyer Brandon Mayfield has filed a lawsuit in federal court arguing that the federal government targeted him in the wake of the March Madrid train bombings because of his Muslim faith. Mayfield was arrested in connection with the bombings after being linked by the FBI to a fingerprint found near the scene. After spending two weeks in jail, the FBI acknowledged its mistake and Mayfield was released.

In his suit, Mayfield challenges the constitutionality of the USA PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and says that the government violated his civil rights by searching his home and office, seizing his family's belongings and holding him in jail. Tuesday's Oregonian has more.

Previously on JURIST's Paper Chase...

Paper Chase has extended coverage on Mayfield and the Madrid bombings.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.