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During his final year at Yale Law in 1991–1992, Brandt Goldstein was asked by a professor to join a case that could potentially free 300 HIV-positive Haitians seeking political asylum in the United States who had been detained at the U.S. Naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Goldstein’s plate was already full with another project, so he turned the professor down. But as he watched his peers fight the case, his interest in eventually writing a book about it grew. The case, filed in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, was ruled in the Yale group’s favor, and the prisoners were released. In 1999, Goldstein was finally able to make his contribution to the project, spending the next several years interviewing former classmates and surviving refugees. Unfortunately for the alleged al Qaeda conspirators currently being held at Guantánamo, the court’s decision was vacated in 1994, but that’s not stopping a new rush of human-rights activists, who can look to Goldstein’s Storming the Court: How a Band of Yale Law Students Sued the President—and Won for inspiration. Goldstein reads at 6 p.m., Saturday, October 1, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Rebecca Corvino)