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Terrorism / Court Rulings / Padilla Case / Detainees / Turley Interview #744253

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Dec 18, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(New York: Deborah Feyerick) Appeals court ruling finding that President Bush overstepped his authority by holding an American citizen, Jose Padilla, as an enemy combatant in a military prison without access to a lawyer examined; judges' opinion quoted; details given of the administration's arguments; courtroom sketches shown. [Padilla attorney Andrew PATEL†- says Padilla's rights were upheld.] [June 10, 2002, Attorney General John ASHCROFT - says we have disrupted a terrorist plot.] [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN - calls for judicial review of the decision.] The other terrorist cases of Yasser Hamdi†† & Ali Sala al-Mari‡ & the options for the Padilla case mentioned.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Washington: Kelli Arena) The legal decision by a San Francisco court that the detainees held at the naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are entitled to lawyers reviewed; courtroom sketches by Bill Hennessy shown. [George Washington University law school Mary CHEH†- outlines the problem for Bush's administration now that it is being required to answer to the court.] [Former Justice Department spokeswoman Barbara COMSTOCK†- cites the president's wartime authority.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with George Washington University law school/constitutional attorney Jonathan Turley about terror on trial. [From Dallas, TURLEY - notes there are serious questions about the administration's policies because of the fundamental questions in the Padilla case where rights were denied; states the president's argument is untenable constitutionally & he has taken a Caesar-like role.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) The indictment of British arms dealer Hemant Lakhani†† on charges of aiding terrorists reported; photo shown.

Brown, Aaron;
Feyerick, Deborah;
Arena, Kelli

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