Judge declares terrorism detainments unconstitutional
May 6, 2002 10:44 AM   Subscribe

Judge declares terrorism detainments unconstitutional (NYTimes link) - A federal judge in NY has ruled that the Justice Department abused the material witness statute when it imprisoned a Jordanian college student living in San Diego. The Justice Dept is, of course, appealing the ruling.
posted by Irontom (8 comments total)
I can't believe the NY Times didnt pick up the original story - here's a summary article from Salon. The only other report I could find was the San Francisco Green Party homepage, and I think it's the same wire report. What's up with that?
posted by Irontom at 10:47 AM on May 6, 2002

My bad - sorry about posting the same link twice in the space of 2 sentences. Brain fuzzy from strep medications.

That's my story, and I am sticking to it, since it lets me off the hook for poor proofreading skills.
posted by Irontom at 10:56 AM on May 6, 2002


You don't mean that the greedheads and those otherwise in power in America disregard the Constitution when it suits their purposes?

Makes you wonder why sometimes people all over the world (and in this country)
want a little higher authority to deal with some of these issues.
posted by fold_and_mutilate at 11:15 AM on May 6, 2002

What is the NY Times doing? This was in the Washington Post on Wednesday of last week.
posted by schlyer at 11:38 AM on May 6, 2002

Paper of Record indeed!
posted by plemeljr at 12:06 PM on May 6, 2002

It sounds like the system's working, to me. I mean, come on, the FAR REACHING AMERICAN TERROR-CREATING CONSPIRACY would be shutting up inconvenient judges like this... if it existed.
posted by darukaru at 1:37 PM on May 6, 2002

Lemme clarify, because in retrospect that sounds a little trollish. One aspect of the system goes too far; another one reins it in, actively preventing the erosion of civil liberties we worry about. Checks and balances, y'know? Sorry, foldywoldypoo, but even the money men have to listen when the courts come calling.
posted by darukaru at 3:35 PM on May 6, 2002

It sounds like the system's working

Absolutely, judicial review is one of the best (if not one of last) tools we have to protect our freedoms.
posted by Bag Man at 3:42 PM on May 6, 2002

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