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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2010
12:07 PM

CONTACT: ACLU

Rachel Myers, (212) 549-2689 or 2666; media@aclu.org

ACLU in Court Tuesday to Challenge Firing of Former Guantánamo Prosecutor by Library of Congress

Col. Morris Davis Illegally Fired for Speaking Out About Military Commissions

WASHINGTON - January 15 - The American Civil Liberties Union will be in federal court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, January 19, seeking an injunction to compel the Library of Congress to reinstate Col. Morris Davis to his job at the Library's Congressional Research Service (CRS).

Davis, the former chief prosecutor for the Guantánamo military commissions, was terminated from his job as the Assistant Director of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division at CRS because of opinion pieces he wrote in his personal capacity about the military commissions system. Davis was then transferred to a temporary 30-day position at CRS, which will expire on January 20. The ACLU has asked the court to issue a ruling by that date.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit earlier this month charging that CRS violated Davis's right to free speech and due process when it fired him for speaking as a private citizen about matters of public concern having nothing to do with his responsibilities at CRS.

WHAT: Hearing in Davis v. Billington on the ACLU's motion for a temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunction to compel the Library of Congress to reinstate Col. Morris Davis to his former job as Assistant Director of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division at the Congressional Research Service, and to block the Library from hiring a permanent replacement for that position in the interim.

WHO: Aden Fine, staff attorney with the ACLU First Amendment Working Group, will argue before Judge Reggie B. Walton of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Defendants in the lawsuit are James Billington, the Librarian of Congress, and Daniel Mulhollan, Davis's supervisor at CRS.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 9:30 a.m. EST

WHERE: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Courtroom 16 333 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.

More information about the case is available online at: www.aclu.org/free-speech/davis-v-billington

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