New lawsuits challenge Congress's detainee act

Christian Science Monitor

10/06/06

President Bush has yet to sign into law Congress's new terror-detainee legislation, but defense lawyers are already asking federal judges to strike down key parts of the measure as unconstitutional. Two suits were filed this week in US District Court here. At issue: Whether the new antiterror legislation retroactively strips the courts of jurisdiction to hear detainee cases, and if so, would that amount to an unconstitutional suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. Lawyers rushed to file suit before the measure, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, was signed into law. 'By filing when we did, we wanted to make sure that at least we preserved the retroactivity argument,' says Michael Ratner of the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, which filed both suits...

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