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

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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.