Thursday, December 14, 2006

No habeas for Hamdan

The district court judge who granted Salim Hamdan's habeas corpus petition two years ago just ruled that the Military Commissions Act, enacted earlier this year by Congress and signed by the President, divested the court of jurisdiction to hear Hamdan's case and effectively overturned the Supreme Court's Hamdan decision from earlier this year.

This is a victory for the Administration. Hamdan is the former driver for Osama bin Laden who has been held in Gitmo since 2001. The Hamdan decision was a mishmash of legal prestidigitation to achieve a specific outcome.

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