The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear the appeal of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a Qatari citizen who has been represented by HDRB&B partner Mark A. Berman. Al-Marri was arrested by the FBI in his home in Peoria, Illinois in December 2001, on suspicion that he was associated with al-Qaeda. In June 2003, shortly before Berman was to defend al-Marri at his scheduled trial in federal court in Peoria, President Bush designated al-Marri an “enemy combatant” and ordered him detained indefinitely at the Navy Brig in Charleston, SC. He remains the only person designated an enemy combatant presently being be held inside the United States. The appeal will consider the constitutionality of the unprecedented scope of executive power asserted by the Bush Administration to indefinitely detain individuals lawfully present inside the United States.
HDR&B is pleased to announce that Naim Bulbulia, who joined the firm in July 2008 to head the firm’s Trusts & Estates practice, has been made a name partner. The name of the firm has been changed to Hartmann Doherty Rosa Berman & Bulbulia, LLC. Naim will continue to practice out of the firm’s Short Hills and Hackensack offices.