Supreme Court Ruling: Terror Suspects, Civilian Courts

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Kermit Roosevelt
Professor of Law
University of Pennsylvania

Researches and teaches constitutional law and conflict of laws.
Former clerk to Supreme Court Justice David Souter

“This is a powerful rejection of the Executive Branch's attempt to create a legal black hole 90 miles off the coast of Florida, and it should be applauded for that. It remains to be seen the Executive Branch will simply respond by detaining prisoners in Somalia or some other more distant location and, if so, whether the approach the Court came up with to determine the reach of habeas rights will extend to detainees elsewhere.”