Friday, June 29, 2007

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Guantanamo Detainee Appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed itself and agreed to hear the appeals of detainees held at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As VOA correspondent Gary Thomas reports, legal scholars say it is a highly unusual move for the country's highest court.

On the last day of its current session, the Supreme Court changed its mind about two cases involving detainees in government custody. After denying earlier appeals by the Guantanamo detainees in April, the court said it will hear arguments in its next term about whether inmates whom the government deems to be enemy combatants have the right to challenge their detention in a U.S. court. [...] ...
there is general agreement that ...
the last time such a reversal occurred in the Supreme Court... it was about 40 years ago.

Eric Freedman, a law professor at Hofstra University and a legal advisor for the detainees, says the turnabout is a major victory for the Guantanamo inmates.

"It's a huge step forward for the detainees, and a serious, serious setback for the government's efforts to do anything except allow the independent judicial review which is at the bedrock of the separation of powers," said Freedman.

...even conservative legal scholars say the court decision to take the cases does not bode well for the administration's detainee policies.


At 4:43 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Well, well, well...

At 5:23 PM, Anonymous barkleyg said...

People are taking it for granted that the Supremes are still independent. If we have learned one thing, from AG to USAs to Federal Judgeships, nothing Bush does is independent of politics, or extreme conservative views.

My longshot: Supremes hear case, go thru their current BS arguments, and say that President Bush IS really King George, and he has all the rights he thinks he has, except maybe for 1 or 2 of the minor ones.

At 5:32 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

I hope you're wrong, barkleyg. I have the same nagging feeling you do, though.


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