Category Archives: Law

The Great Writ comeback tour?

We are one step closer to restoring Habeas Corpus, the bedrock of our system of justice, thanks to Senate Judiciary Committee. The Great Writ of Habeas Corpus was shamefully compromised by the President and last year’s Congress. Last night, Keith Olbermann had law prof Jonathon Turley on his show to talk about the importance of […]

The Bermuda Triangle of Law: Gitmo

It’s a comforting fantasy to think that our military is only holding evil-doers at Guantanamo Bay. Unfortunately, of the approximately 750 people held at Gitmo, less than 20 have actually been charged with anything, and even less have been convicted. Now there’s this news from the NYT: The military system of determining whether detainees are […]

Shifting border benchmarks

Just today, Bush cited decreases in border apprehensions as a sign of his successful policies to protect us from illegal immigration. More than a year ago, Bush said that increased border apprehensions were a sign of increased security on the border. Bush today: When you apprehended fewer people, that means fewer were trying to come […]

This guy is in charge of the Justice Department?

In a development that’s not surprising to anyone familiar with the Bush administration, it appears that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was involved in the purge of U.S. attorneys. This contradicts assurances by Gonzales that he had nothing to do with the scandal. From the AP: The Nov. 27 meeting, in which the attorney general and […]

U.S. Attorney Scandal Breakdown

If you haven’t heard about the latest scandal to hit the Bush administration (yes, I know it’s hard to keep track), then maybe you only read this blog, or you don’t care about politics at all. Either way, I think it’s time I started posting about it. So here is a negligently simplified rundown to […]

FISA court to oversee warrantless wiretaps

The Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program will now fall under the review of the secret and independent FISA court. Maybe Bush’s lawyers are worried about possible Democratic investigations? Whatever the reason, it’s good to know that someone is policing the police. Tags: bush, FISA, wiretap

Be glad you don’t live in China

It may be that the majority of stuff you buy is made in China, but don’t let that fool you. China is still ruled by an oppressive communist government. Chen Hui was sentenced to a life in jail on Wednesday for having created the largest porn site in China: Xinhua News Agency said judges at […]

Good News on the Torture Bill

Maybe we won’t have to wait and hope the courts overturn the Torture Bill. Democratic Senator Chris Dodd is introducing legislation that would cripple the worst parts of the Torture Bill. The Effective Terrorists Prosecution Act: * Restores Habeas Corpus protections to detainees * Narrows the definition of unlawful enemy combatant to individuals who directly […]

Torture Bill put to good use

Drawing on the freshly passed Torture Bill, the Bush administration said Monday that Guantanamo Bay prisoners do not have the right to dispute their detentions in civilian courts. In court documents filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Justice Department defended the military’s authority to arrest people overseas […]

12 things the Democrats should do now

The midterm elections may have given control of Congress to the Democrats, but just barely. To secure the trust of the American people, the Democrats should address these issues: 1) End gerrymandering 2) Close tax loopholes and eliminate tax cuts for the rich 3) Raise the minimum wage to a living wage that is tied […]