Supreme Court rules Guantanamo prisoners have right to sue in U.S. courts
Michael Doyle | McClatchy Newspapers - June 12, 2008 11:17:37 AM
WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday ruled Guantanamo Bay detainees have the right to challenge their extended imprisonment in federal court, and struck down as inadequate an alternative review system set up by Congress.
Repudiating a key tenet of the Bush administration’s war-on-terror policy, the court’s 5-4 majority concluded the foreigners held in Guantanamo Bay retain the same habeas corpus rights as U.S. residents.
“Some of these petitioners have been in custody for the past six years with no definitive judicial determination as to the legality of their detention,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority. “Their access to the writ is necessary to determine the lawfulness of their status, even if, in the end, they do not obtain the relief they seek.”
The court’s conservative wing, including Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented, at times with sharp words of their own.
“The nation will live to regret what the court has done today,” Scalia wrote.
Big surprise on the dissenting judges. Who would've guessed that one?
How much longer 'til the bushco crowd is brought up on war crimes charges ? ? ? ?