Appellate Partner Jonathan Freiman Featured in Connecticut Law Tribune

April 20, 2009
Connecticut Law Tribune, March 9, 2009, Vol. 35, No. 10
Jonathan M. Freiman, a partner at New Haven's Wiggin and Dana, has been active in legal battles invovling the constitutional rights of people arrested in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
He worked with the court-appointed lawyers assigned to Jose Padilla, who in 2001 was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare airport and held by federal authorities without being charged with a crime.  He also authored amicus curiae briefs excoriating the Bush Administration's claimed need to hold people suspected to have terrorist links without charging them.
Fast-forward to late February when a similar case made headlines.  A graduate student in computer studies from Qatar, Salehn Kahla al-Marri, came to the U.S. on Sept. 10, 2001, and after the attacks was held as a material witness, and later as an "enemy combatant."  Since June 2003, he has been in a Navy brig in South Carolina.  The constitutionality of his incarceration was in line for U.S. Supreme Court review.  To Freiman's dismay, first the Bush, and then the Obama administration have attempted to avoid high court review of both the Padilla and al-Marri cases.
Freiman, whose practice includes a diversified appellate and trial caseload, spoke with Senior Writer Thomas Scheffey about issues arising from the cases, and the just-released Bush Administration memos justifying claims to post-9/11 extraordinary powers.