Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The "Super Executive"

The president has asserted a great deal of power in his term. Could this be a harbinger of what the White House can expect in court challenges? Today's Los Angeles Times online:
Justices Look Askance at War Tribunal Order
By David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
10:56 AM PST, March 28, 2006

WASHINGTON -- A Bush administration lawyer ran into sharp and skeptical questions from the Supreme Court today in defending the president's order to use specially arranged military tribunals for suspected war criminals.

Most of the justices said they were inclined to rule against the administration's claim that the president — on his own — can set up military trials that do not follow the rules of either the U.S. military or the Geneva Convention.


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