Testing the line between despotism and a free society

Boston Globe
by Scot Lehigh

02/27/07

Habeas corpus is now headed back to the US Supreme Court, in a case that will prove a fundamental test of US justice. Will the Roberts court uphold one of the oldest and most basic rights in the US Constitution — that of a prisoner to go to court to challenge his imprisonment? The issue could also test the courage of the new Congress. Will the Democratic majority wage a determined fight to re-establish what has been a basic guarantee of procedural rights? Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit framed the coming struggle by upholding the new Military Commissions Act, which strips those detainees of habeas rights. The Bush administration pressured Congress into passing that statue after the Supreme Court twice ruled that detainees at Guantanamo had habeas rights under US law...

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