Friday, June 13, 2008

Oral Arguments

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Guantanamo Bay detainees may challenge their imprisonment in U.S. courts and have a right to habeas corpus.

The money quote out out of the ruling was this from Justice Anthony Kennedy (writing for the majority):

“The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.”

C-Span is linking to the audio of the oral arguments that took place in that case last year. (Dork that I am, I listened to this last night while I was the elliptical at the gym.)

It's worth a listen here.

It's fascinating to hear the voices of the justices and their interplay with the attorneys. (Remember that the release of audio from the oral arguments is still quite new for a court that continues to refuse TV cameras to record its proceedings.)

You can read the Guantanamo Bay detainees decision in its entirety here.

The image above of the SCOTUS is from here.

1 comment:

HowiTown said...

Actually Paul, if it were anyone else, I'd say they didn't get their heart rate nearly as high during that workout as they could have if they were listening to something else. But being you, I'll bet you got the best workout EVER. :) I love you.