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12 June 2008 @ 11:15 am
Victory for common sense and the rule of law  
The Supreme Court today ruled that Guantanamo detainees are entitled to habeas corpus.

In a 5-4 decision, Justices Kennedy, Souter, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Stevens ruled that not only can detainees challenge their imprisonment, but the Detainee Treatment Act and the special review process the Bush administration instituted are not sufficient to replace habeas. Justices Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Chief Justice Roberts dissented.
I feel: pleasedpleased
Kayefreak_in_need on June 12th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thank god the system works once in a while. You just hang on there, Judge Ginsburg. We promise you'll be able to retire soon.

Diggin on Prison Dudes: tell me about itjuweldom on June 12th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Well thank God for that. Or at least thank the justices who overturned that ridiculous unlawful practice.
This is it, the Apocalypse: Lady Libertykishiriadgr on June 12th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
I just read much of the decision, the affirmation, and Scalia's dissent.

I now officially have no respect for Scalia. The decision is on point and I applaud it.
beachtreebeachtree on June 12th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
What's so frightening is the 5-4 vote, although it shouldn't be the least bit surprising given the last eight years.

Reading the dissenting opinions ought to be... a trial.
BAM: Sam the Eagleschmecky on June 12th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Just one more reminder of how important it is that we elect Obama. There's no wiggle room.
LLL's Heartfelt Wishmuse_neko on June 13th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
It was a close thing, but this gives me hope that I still live in the best country on Earth.

Well, except for maybe Japan. ^__~
lizzyjitlizzyjit on June 14th, 2008 10:40 am (UTC)
Have you read the opinion? Scalia's dissent is a bag FULL of crazy. I mean, seriously, the man dropped his last marble down the toile.