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Supreme Court Agrees to Review Gitmo Detainees' Status

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With the leadership of Vice President Cheney, the Bush Administration has insisted that what it calls "illegal combatants in the war on terror" have no rights at all, that Congress has passed a law stripping the courts of jurisdiction over Guantánamo Bay detainees.  Lawyers for prisoners at the prison facility insist that the rule of habeas corpus entitles them to hearings in federal court. Today, the US Supreme Court reversed previous rulings and agreed to address the issue raised by prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. Hofstra University Law Professor Eric Freedman is consultant and coordinator of litigation relating to the detainees.

Credits

Guest:
Eric Freedman - Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law

Host:
Warren Olney