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July 15, 2008

Court Says Republican Presidents Can Detain ANYOne Indefinitely

-- by Dave Johnson

Court Backs Bush on Military Detentions,

President Bush has the legal power to order the indefinite military detentions of civilians captured in the United States, the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled on Tuesday in a fractured 5-to-4 decision.
[. . .] All of the judges who would have denied Mr. Marri any relief — Judges Wilkinson, Karen J. Williams, Paul V. Niemeyer and Allyson K. Duncan — were appointed by Republican presidents; all who would have granted him full relief were appointed by Democrats. Judge Traxler [the swing vote] was appointed to the appeals court by President Bill Clinton. [emphasis added]
Naturally the Times gets it wrong, implying the last judge is a Democrat: "In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated Judge Traxler for a Federal trial judgeship, on the United States District Court for South Carolina."

Posted by Dave Johnson at July 15, 2008 8:34 PM

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I hope the ignorant clowns who enabled this decision will have children and grandchildren who are detained and incarcerated under their stupid rightwing rulings.

Posted by: jimbo at July 15, 2008 9:53 PM

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