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Supreme Court to Hear Hamdan Case

by TChris

The Supreme Court agreed this morning to hear Salim Ahmed Hamdan’s plea for a real hearing before a real court, rather than a military tribunal at Guantanamo. TalkLeft background on Hamdan’s case is here and here and here.

Chief Justice Roberts was on the lower court panel that deferred to the Bush administration’s desire to keep detainees like Hamdan out of the judicial system. Roberts did not participate in the decision to grant certiorari, and presumably won’t play a role in deciding the case. That’ s good, since we already know what Roberts thinks about the issue. Alito would probably be just as deferential to the executive branch as was Roberts, raising the possibility (if Alito is confirmed) that the lower court’s decision might stand on a tied (4-4) vote in the Supreme Court.

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    Re: Supreme Court to Hear Hamdan Case (none / 0) (#1)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:48 PM EST
    From the post:
    Thatí s good, since we already know what Roberts thinks about the issue.
    Why so? Presumbly Roberts has heard the issues, and decided on them. That was his job then, and it would be his job as a SCJ. Do you mean, that's good since we want to stack the deck to win?

    Re: Supreme Court to Hear Hamdan Case (none / 0) (#2)
    by scarshapedstar on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:48 PM EST
    Yeah, take that, TL! Hey, what's "impartiality" mean?

    Re: Supreme Court to Hear Hamdan Case (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:48 PM EST
    No enemy combatant should ever have access to the US court system. If we do that we will open up a huge can of worms.... What would stop any war vets (WWII, Viet nam ..etc.)from any other countries going after the US in our own courts? Think about that!

    Re: Supreme Court to Hear Hamdan Case (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:48 PM EST
    A modest proposal for assuring the rights of detainess in the war on terror. See Innocent Until Proven Guilty