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Habeas Corpus

A Chat With Robert Redford at the Premiere of The Conspirator in Washington, D.C.

Liz Glover | Posted 06.14.2011 | Entertainment
Liz Glover

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Is the Supreme Court Going "Soft on Crime"?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The Supreme Court has ruled in the case of Hank Skinner that he has the right to pursue DNA testing under federal civil rights laws. This case was a no-brainer to begin with, why did it go all the way to the Supreme Court?

A Glimpse Into the Sick, Twisted, and Anti-American Conservative Mind

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

As you may have heard, former McCain advisor and current Palin adviser Michael Goldfarb tweeted on Wednesday that convicted terrorist Ahmed Khalfan Gh...

Then They Came for Me

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

A fear- and vengeance-driven post-9/11 mentality could yet become the done deal it is in Liz Cheney's mind.

Written in Stone? Yes. A Living Document? Ditto. Two Experts Explain the Constitution.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The important contribution of The Genius of America, a 220-page primer on the Constitution, is to remind us that democracy is fragile -- and that we should not despair at the debate we are having.

A Technical Death

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

As a defense lawyer I hear all the time about "technicalities" that let the guilty walk free. Well, not so I'd notice. Its technical rules that often allow the state to hold onto a conviction that is improper.

Fox Host: Bush & Cheney 'Absolutely Should Have Been Indicted'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Fox News contributor and host of Fox Business' new libertarian show Judge Andrew Napolitano said over the weekend that President Bush and Vice Preside...

Bagram Renditions Risk Serious Consequences

Jonathan Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jonathan Horowitz

A new U.S. plan for capturing individuals outside Afghanistan and transferring them to Bagram as a way to avoid the requirements of the U.S. constitution raises legitimate and sincere legal concerns.

Gulags American-Style: Where People Disappear

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to s...

Judge Rules Yemeni's Detention at Guantanamo Based Solely on Torture

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

In granting Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman's habeas petition, Judge Kennedy called into question some of the government's evidence that the Yemeni man was detained legally.

Guantánamo Uighurs Are Not Alone: US Communities Welcome Other Detainees in Need of Safe Haven

Nancy Talanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Talanian

On April 22, attorneys for five Chinese Uighurs who remain at Guantánamo Bay prison will argue for their clients' entry into the US at a hearing sche...

Court Order Highlights U.S. Legal Distortions

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

A judge found that a young man from Yemen, seized at the age of 17, has been imprisoned in the United States detention center in Cuba for the past eight years without cause. Sadly, such opinions are now common.

When America Was Attacked

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

The Confederacy was a well-armed rogue organization. And this is what Virginia wants to commemorate with a Confederate History Month.

A Gitmo Detainee Beats President Obama ... Again

Morris Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Morris Davis

When a Judge writes an opinion and uses phrases like "distort the evidence" and "ignores the facts" and then calls the logic of one party's argument a...

Habeas Works

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Two years ago, the U. S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the landmark case Boumediene v. Bush. The Court ruled that the constitutionally gua...

Gitmo Detainees Collecting Food Donations For Haiti, Says Lawyer

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gitmo detainees have been collecting unopened containers of food and beverages to give to victims of Haiti's earthquake, according to a lawyer for one...

More "Congressional Depravity" on Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

By refusing to demonstrate leadership on the issues, Obama has played into the hands of his opponents. The losers are not just the Dems, but the prisoners at GITMO, who now seem more abandoned than at any time since GITMO's first years.

House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The House Armed Services Committee turned down the Obama's administration's request for some $350 million intended to close Guantánamo and buy a new prison in Illinois.

Give Me Liberty or Keep Me Safe!

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Today, our new cry seems to be "Give me liberty or keep me safe": safe, that is, from the big, bad, terrorist wolf.

Court Ruling Highlights Need for Due Process at Bagram

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday morning issued a stunning ruling: that the United States government may seize suspected terrorists outside...

Mothers of Iran's detainees fare better than parents of US detainees

Nancy Talanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Talanian

Today the mothers of three American hikers, ages 27 to 31, visited their children whom the Iranian government has held for ten months as suspected spi...

The Big Lie About Guantánamo Lawyers

Jonathan Hafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Hafetz

The recent attacks on lawyers who have worked on behalf of Guantánamo detainees have employed the tactic of the "Big Lie"—that is, a lie so colos...

Obama, Death Panels, and the Washington Redskins: Targeted Assassinations or Murder?

Morris Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Morris Davis

There are a few jobs in Washington where a losing record will get you a pink slip, ushered to the door with your belongings in a cardboard box, and un...

Please No Caps on Lawyer Malpractice

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

One of the Republican objections to the proposed health care legislation is the failure to include tort reform as it relates to medical malpractice.

Torture Has To Be Investigated No Matter What Dick Cheney Calls It

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Dick Cheney may like to call those interrogations "enhanced," but in everyday parlance they're what the DOJ is implicitly acknowledging: tortured.