United States v. Ali

Below is a summary of some of the key documents in United States v. Ali Mohamed Ali, along with some of the news articles and commentary of others following the case. Mr. Ali, the former Director General of Education for Somaliland, has been charged with Piracy Under the Law of Nations, Hostage Taking, Conspiracy to Commit Piracy, and Conspiracy to Commit Hostage Taking. Clinton Brook & Peed represents Mr. Ali pro bono.

Trial Court: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Judge Ellen S. Huvelle

Next Date: Status Conference (Oct. 25, 2012)

Trial Date: Not set

Court of Appeals: U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Pending Matters:

  • Gov. Interlocutory Appeal of United States v. Ali, — F. Supp. 2d — (D.D.C. filed Jul. 13, 2012) (dismissing Conspiracy to Commit Piracy, interpreting Piracy Under the Law of Nations) and United States v. Ali, — F. Supp. 2d — (D.D.C. filed Jul. 25, 2012) (dismissing Hostage Taking and Conspiracy to Commit Hostage Taking, affirming prior rulings on Piracy and Conspiracy to Commit Piracy).
    • Gov. Brief, Docket No. 1391966, (D.C. Cir. Aug. 29, 2012)
    • Def. Brief, Docket No. 1397464 (Oct. 1, 2012)
    • Gov. Reply Brief, Docket No. 1399416, (D.C. Cir. Oct. 12, 2012)
    • Def. 28(j) Letter, Docket No. 1405466, (D.C. Cir. Nov. 16, 2012)
    • Oral Argument was held on Nov. 19, 2012.
    • Def. Second 28(j) Letter, Docket No. 1406665, (D.C. Cir. Nov. 26, 2012)
  • Pretrial Detention

    Mr. Ali is presently confined in the DC Jail, pursuant to the D.C. Circuit’s order reversing the district court’s order of pretrial release.

    • Gov. Detention M., Docket No. 10 (Apr. 28, 2011)
      • Detention Order, Docket No. 12 (Apr. 29, 2011)
    • Def. M. for Bond Review (filed under seal, Jun. 7, 2011)
      • Gov. Opp. (filed under seal, Jun. 15, 2011)
      • United States v. Ali, 793 F. Supp. 2d 386 (D.D.C. 2011) (ordering Mr. Ali’s pretrial detention)
    • Def. Appeal of Second Detention Order
      • Def. Appeal Brief (filed under seal, D.C. Cir. Feb. 2, 2012)
      • Gov. Appeal Brief, Docket No. 1358478 (D.C. Cir., Feb. 15, 2012) (public version)
      • Def. Reply Brief, Docket No. 1359856 (D.C. Cir., Feb. 22, 2012) (public version)
      • United States v. Ali, 459 Fed. Appx. 2 (D.C. Cir. 2012) (unpublished) (affirming)
      • Def. Pet. for Reh’g, Docket No. 1366181 (Mar. 28, 2012)
      • ORDER, Docket No. 1373195 (D.C. Cir., May 10, 2012) (denying rehearing without prejudice to raise new developments with district court)
    • Def. Mem. Regarding Pretrial Release, Docket No. 247 (Jul. 22, 2012) (arguing that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lacks authority to detain Mr. Ali during the pendency of his criminal case)
      • Def. Supplement, Docket No. 248 (Jul. 23, 2012) (correcting the factual record)
      • Gov. Opp. to Pretrial Release, Docket No. 250 (Jul. 23, 2012)
        • ORDER, Docket No. 261 (Jul. 24, 2012) (releasing Mr. Ali to Home Confinement)
        • ORDER, Docket No. 260 (Jul. 24, 2012) (ordering certain notifications re ICE)
    • Gov. Appeal of Pretrial Release Order
      • Gov. Emergency Motion for Expedited Briefing, Docket No. 1386270 (D.C. Cir., filed Jul. 27, 2012)
      • Gov. Appeal Brief, Docket No. 1386747 (D.C. Cir., filed Jul. 31, 2012)
      • Def. Appeal Brief, Docket No. 1387605 (D.C. Cir., filed Aug. 3, 2012) (public version)
      • ORDER, Docket No. 1387598 (D.C. Cir., Aug. 3, 2012) (reversing district court and ordering Mr. Ali’s pretrial detention)
        • Petition for Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc, Docket No. 1388807 (D.C. Cir., filed Aug. 13, 2012)
        • Govt. Response, Docket No. 1392705 (D.C. Cir. Sept. 5, 2012).
        • ORDER, Docket No. 1393432 (D.C. Cir. Sept. 10, 2012) (per curiam) (denying rehearing).
        • ORDER, Docket No. 1393435 (D.C. Cir. Sept. 10, 2012) (en banc) (denying rehearing en banc).

    Evidentiary Motions

    • Gov. Mot. In Limine re Good Acts, Docket No. 116 (Mar. 2, 2012)
    • Gov. Mot. In Limine re Karagöl, Docket No. 117 (Mar. 2, 2012)
    • Gov. Mot. In Limine re Documentary Film "Dealing With Pirates", Docket No. 118 (Mar. 2, 2012)
    • Def. Mot. re Rule 404(b) Evidence, Docket No. 167 (Apr. 26, 2012) (filed under seal)
      • United States v. Ali, — F. Supp. 2d — (D.D.C. filed May 25, 2012) (denying the government’s motion to exclude evidence of good acts, granting Defendant’s motion for admission of evidence under Rule 404(b), denying Defendant’s motion to suppress, which was filed under seal)
    • Gov. Motions re Expert Witnesses
      • Gov. Mot. In Limine to Exclude Robert Young Pelton, Docket No. 186 (May 29, 2012)
      • Gov. Mot. In Limine to Admit Charles Regini, Docket No. 187 (May 29, 2012)
        • Def. Opp., Docket No. 202 (Jun. 11, 2012)
        • Gov. Reply, Docket No. 207 (Jun. 14, 2012)
        • ORDER, Docket No. 214 (Jun. 21, 2012) (excluding both expert witnesses)
      • Gov. Renewed Mot. to Admit Charles Regini, Docket No. 241 (Jul. 19, 2012)
        • Oral Order, July 20, 2012 (denying renewed motion)
    • Gov. Revised Exhibit List, Docket No. 230 (Jul. 12, 2012)
      • Def. Objections, Docket No. 234 (Jul. 13, 2012)
      • Gov. Response, Docket No. 236 (Jul. 17, 2012)
      • Def. Reply, Docket No. 243 (Jul. 20, 2012)
      • ORDER, Docket No. 249 (Jul. 23, 2012) (sustaining several of Defendant’s objections and deferring the others)
    • Def. Exhibit List, Docket No. 208 (Jul. 2, 2012)
      • Gov. Objections, Docket No. 225 (Jul. 6, 2012)

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