Recent rulings upholding the right of the executive branch to jail and try terror suspects in military tribunals raise questions about whether the judiciary can keep presidential powers in check. Will a realigned Supreme Court give Bush a
blank check to rise above the law?
Four peace advocates were acquitted of federal
conspiracy charges in connection with a 2003 protest of the Iraq War.
The FBI--with apparent White House
approval--continues to seek the authority to bypass the court system in
pursuit of evidence against terror suspects.
Conservative activists want to eliminate unsympathetic
judges--by any means necessary.
The Republican Senate seeks to eliminate the fillibuster.
The Terri Schiavo case goes to the heart of political choices confronting the country.
For more on judicial nominations, see Garrett Epps's "Judicial Jeopardy: Questions for Nominees."
Back on Friday, June 12, 2002, the Defense Department had a big problem: Its new policy on torture of captives in the "war on terror" was about to be exposed.
On April 28 the subject of torture was discussed in oral arguments
before the Supreme Court.