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Terrorism / Court Rulings #744277

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 18, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pierre Thomas) Court ruling in the Jose Padilla case that President Bush's administration does not have the authority to detain a US citizen as an enemy combatant featured; judges' ruling quoted. [Padilla attorney Donna NEWMAN†- says she has not spoken to her client since June 2002.] [Georgetown University law school professor David COLE†, former White House counsel Brad BERENSON†- offer differing opinions on the court ruling.] The view of the administration that the need to get evidence from Padilla outweighs due process noted. [June 10, 2002, Attorney General John ASHCROFT - says we have captured a known terrorist {Padilla} with a dirty bomb.] The legal issue of protecting national security versus an individual's constitutional rights noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Terry Moran) The courts versus the White House over holding detainees at the naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reviewed; details given of the court of appeals ruling about access to courts & about the cases of accused terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, who is demanding access to detainees to defend himself & Yasser Hamdi††, who is being held as an enemy combatant. [Stanford Law School professor Jenny MARTINEZ†- says the nation's commitment to the rule of law is being undermined.] [Johns Hopkins University professor Ruth WEDGWOOD†- says in this situation there is no war to be turned off.]

Jennings, Peter;
Thomas, Pierre;
Moran, Terry

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