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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

US senator proposed legislation restoring habeas corpus to detainees

On November 16, 2006, US Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) introduced legislation that would have amended the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) to restore habeas corpus rights to military detainees. A key provision in the MCA stripped US courts of jurisdiction to consider writs of habeas corpus filed by detainees classified as enemy combatants. Dodd's bill, the Effective Terrorists Prosecution Act, would have restored jurisdiction. The denial of habeas corpus was later declared unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court in Boumediene v. Bush.

Learn more about the legal status of detainees held by the US government from the JURIST news archive.




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