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Nation IN BRIEF : NEW YORK : Jailing of Ex-IRA Member Upheld

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A divided federal appeals court refused to order the release of Joseph Doherty, a former Irish Republican Army member who has been in a New York City jail for more than eight years. Two of the three judges decided that Doherty’s constitutional rights as a foreigner were not violated by the lengthy detention. The dissenting judge, however, said the Fifth Amendment prohibition against depriving anyone of liberty without due process of law. The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision denying Doherty’s request to be freed on bail while he fights deportation to Britain, where he faces life imprisonment for the murder of a British army captain.


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