Discussion in 'Middle East - General' started by Annie, Apr 3, 2006.
may not be dead. Very interesting that John Roberts signed the "warning" to Bush. From the New York Times today:
"... Nonetheless, the outcome was not the unalloyed victory for the Bush administration that it might have appeared to be.
Three justices who voted not to hear the case Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and John Paul Stevens, along with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. filed an unusual opinion explaining their position. They noted that Mr. Padilla, who is now out of military custody and awaiting trial in federal district court in Miami on terrorism-related charges, was entitled to a criminal defendant's full range of protections, including the right to a speedy trial.
Most significant, the three justices warned the administration that the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, stood ready to intervene "were the government to seek to change the status or conditions of Padilla's custody."
The comment was clearly a reference to the sequence of events last fall, when the administration, days before it was due to file a brief in response to Mr. Padilla's Supreme Court appeal, announced that it had obtained a grand jury indictment and planned to shift him to civilian custody."
Full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/04/us/nationalspecial3/04scotus.html?th&emc=th
The original order now stands, the administration does have the right to hold them. All the NYTimes spin is not going to change that, as the gov't has no interest in returning him to military again.
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