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Leahy and Specter introduce bill to reestablish habeas corpus for military commission cases

Jan 07, 2007 Leahy and Specter introduce bill to reestablish habeas corpus for military commission cases

This follows up on my November 30 blog entry about Senator Dodd’s proposed bill to provide habeas corpus rights and expanded trial rights for defendants in military commission cases. A search of Senate databases shows no further developments with Senator Dodd’s proposed bill.

Thanks to TalkLeft for reporting on December 7 about a bill from Senators Leahy and Specter that focuses on providing habeas corpus rights for defendants in military commission cases, whereas Senator Dodd’s bill provides additional rights beyond habeas corpus. I look forward to seeing more legislators supporting habeas corpus rights for such defendants, particularly with the shift to Democratic party control of the Senate and House.

Jon Katz.

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