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Habeas Restoration Bill on the Move

Gabe Rottman,
Legislative Counsel,
ACLU Washington Legislative Office
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June 8, 2007

So, big news on the Find Habeas front this week. Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a small but essential habeas restoration bill to the floor (on a party line vote, with only Senator Arlen Specter, R-PA, voting with the Democrats). blogged about S. 185 right after the markup, and got significant pickup out in the larger blog world (hits at Kos and Crooks & Liars).

Other big stories of the week included jury selection in the trial of an accused FARC terrorist, which I wrote about here. And, of course, there was the dismissal of all charges against Omar Khadr and Salim Hamdan, the two “enemy combatants” at Guantanamo Bay slated for “trial” in front of military commissions. Under the Military Commissions Act, the judges said, they didn’t have jurisdiction to try these two men. It was a huge setback for the Bush administration, and yet more evidence that the system down there doesn’t work.

Finally, Firedoglake hosted a webchat yesterday with Caroline Fredrickson, head of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. Good reading. And, as always, for the latest news on the Search for Habeas Corpus, check out

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