Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Magna Carta

In a compromise over the trashing of one of the basic cores of our common laws, the Senate is working out a revision to the amendment passed last week that would deprive “enemy combatants” of their right to habeas corpus.

The Senate is […] scheduled to vote Tuesday on a compromise, announced Monday night, that would allow terror detainees some access to federal courts. The Senate had voted last week to prohibit those being held from challenging their detentions in federal court, despite a Supreme Court ruling to the contrary.

Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who is the author of the initial plan, said Monday that he had negotiated a compromise that would allow detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to challenge their designation as enemy combatants in federal courts and also allow automatic appeals of any convictions handed down by the military where detainees receive prison terms of 10 years or more or a death sentence.

Apparently Senator Graham came up with this idea because the petitions for habeas corpus were clogging the courts. Oh, gosh, isn’t that annoying? The rule of law getting in the way of the swift execution of justice. What is the world coming to?