BOISE -- A federal judge says an Idaho jury will decide whether the government misused a law designed to ensure key witnesses show up for trial to target Muslim men after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Thursday evening's ruling from U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge in Boise enacts a recommendation made by a magistrate earlier this year. It's a win for former Idaho man Abdullah al-Kidd, who has been embroiled in a lawsuit against the government for seven years, contending his arrest as a material witness in 2003 was simply a way for the FBI to keep him locked up while it investigated him for any potential crimes.
Lodge agreed that al-Kidd was falsely imprisoned. He said a jury should decide if the government's motives for the arrest were pure.