A U.S. citizen currently restricted to Ali Base in Iraq by U.S. military officials, and poised to become the first civilian U.S. citizen charged under the UCMJ in nearly four decades, has filed a habeas corpus petition demanding to be released and allowed to return home immediately. Las Vegas resident Justin M. Price requested a writ of habeas corpus or a writ of mandamus from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today. The petition asserts that the United States does not have the constitutional or statutory authority to subject civilians to trial by court-martial. Here is a link to the petition.
[Disclaimer: I am one of the counsel for Mr. Price with CAAFlog commenter John O’Connor–not sur ehow I missed this, but the original post forgot to mention our colleague Geoff Hengerer, who is also on the brief, but not part of the CAAFlog commentariat]