Friday, June 13, 2008
Habeas Corpus Survives
A bit of good news for the endangered US Constitution: A majority (five of nine) on the US Supreme Court ruled to uphold the constitutional protection of habeas corpus, even for the unpopular alleged "enemy combatants" at Guantanamo. For this we have to thank Justice Kennedy, who wrote the majority decision, joined of course by all four of the justices who actually deserve to sit on the Court (Souter, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Stevens). Although I cannot forgive Kennedy for Bush v. Gore and his other transgressions, I have to recognize that he at least did the right thing with this most recent decision. See the opinion here, and read more about it at the SCOTUS Blog.