New Hits from the Supremes?

The outcome of the Hamdan case before The Supremes now will decide how Gitmo gets emptied. Whether military tribunals, civilian courts, or courts martial are used to determine the cases, as well as the form of military tribunal if that is ruled the legal method. This decision is expected soon, and it could get things moving at Gitmo very quickly.

 There are several important cases in the docket for the Supreme Court, the question is will their decisions be a hit parade for conservatives, or will they be sent to the cut-out bin of legal history? Let me lay out what’s there now, what led up to it, and some thoughts, then you decide.

 In a sure-fire hit for the right today the justices upheld the State of Kansas’s death penalty law, however the B side of the record is their previous ruling on appeals earlier in June. If you value life, then you have to allow for certainty, so I’m not thoroughly against the prior ruling that allows DNA evidence, and appeals based on the lethal injection process.

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The Virginian

It turns out that Tom Delay isn’t from Texas, he’s from Virginia:

It turns out that Tom Delay isn’t from Texas, he’s from Virginia:  

DeLay testified in federal court that he has registered to vote in Virginia and that he cast a ballot in that state’s recent primary. He said he has a Virginia driver’s license, has state tax withheld in Virginia and lives in a condominium in Alexandria, Va.

Lawyers for the state Democratic Party pointed out that DeLay and his wife still have a home in Sugar Land near Houston.

DeLay acknowledged that he spent the weekend there but testified that his wife is devoted to helping abused and neglected children and that she is continuing that work in the Houston area.

This is going to drive those libs mad.

John Snow is Eloquent, no comment needed

The fact that your editors believe themselves to be qualified to assess how terrorists are moving money betrays a breathtaking arrogance and a deep misunderstanding of this program and how it works.

Mr. Bill Keller, Managing Editor
The New York Times
229 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Dear Mr. Keller:

The New York Times’ decision to disclose the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, a robust and classified effort to map terrorist networks through the use of financial data, was irresponsible and harmful to the security of Americans and freedom-loving people worldwide. In choosing to expose this program, despite repeated pleas from high-level officials on both sides of the aisle, including myself, the Times undermined a highly successful counter-terrorism program and alerted terrorists to the methods and sources used to track their money trails.

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