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Plead guilty or we'll label you an enemy combatant

  1. Nov 26, 2005 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    According to Jenny Martinez - Stanford Univ Law Professor and a member of Jose Padilla's legal team - Padilla was charged to avoid Supreme Court review of his case. The Surpreme court was to consider his confinement - held indefinitely without formal charges filed. By filing criminal charges, the Bush admin hopes to avoid Supreme Court review by claiming the point is moot - the mootness doctrine. But, she says, as they have done in the past, if they don't like the way the trial proceeds, the Bush admin can simply pull the plug, cite his enemy combatant status, and lock him away without the right to a trial.

    Padilla is a US citizen.

    Martinez cites other cases in which the defendant was allegedly told to plead guilty or be charged as an enemy combatant.

    Can you think of anything more un-american than this?

    Listen to the audio "Padilla Charged", from Nov 23rd, 2005.
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/newshour_index.html
     
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  3. Nov 26, 2005 #2

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    Lol, and I thought this option was used exclusively in parenting.
    Honestly, it sounds about as American as you can get. Perhaps you've not known any young or poor people involved with the legal system?
     
  4. Nov 26, 2005 #3

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    Having grown up in part with poor ghetto kids, I can tell you all about it. But that's another discussion...

    Also, I think the mootness doctrine applies to marriage as well. Tsu and I decide how we wish to do something such as how to remodel the house. A week later, everything that I said is moot. :biggrin:
     
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  5. Nov 28, 2005 #4

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    http://today.reuters.com/news/newsA...55_RTRUKOC_0_US-COURT-ROOF.xml&archived=False

    Excuse me while I stop to contemplate the symbolism... :uhh:
     
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