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    Please help understanding how to write a case brief...
    for example in the case of Ashcroft v Kidd 131 S. Ct. 2074 (2011).
    How would you write this case brief that had the headings:
    Parties and case
    Procedural Posture

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    Everyone's case briefs will vary slightly in length and level of detail based on personal preference and the level of detail a professor/employer requires. Here is something similar to what I would have used my first year of law school.

    Parties and Case:
    Ashcroft v Kidd, 131 S. Ct. 2074 (2011).
    Petitioner- John Ashcroft
    Respondent- Abudullah al-Kidd

    Al-Kidd is a US Citizen who converted to Islam. When traveling to Saudi Arabia in 2003, he was arrested by federal agents at Dulles International Airport. He was held for 2 weeks under the federal material-witness statute because officials claimed he had crucial information in the case of Sami Omar. He was never called as a witness in that case. He filed a suit challenging the constitutionality of Attorney General Ashcroft's alleged policy of obtaining material-witness warrants to detain terrorism suspects officials would otherwise have insufficient cause to arrest.

    Procedural Posture:
    In March 2005, al-Kidd filed a Bivens action to challenge Ashcroft's ...

    Solution Summary

    Sample case brief for Ashcroft vs. Kidd are examined in the solution.