CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 18, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Washington: Jim Stewart) Court rulings that President Bush’s administration is denying terror suspects their rights featured; details given of the order to release accused dirty bomber José Padilla from a military prison or charge him in a civilian court and the decision that detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should have access to lawyers and the court system. [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN – says Padilla was seeking to do harm to the American people.] [Georgetown University Law Center David COLE- says the courts are beginning to question the legitimacy of these broad assertions of power.] The sanctioning of Attorney General John Ashcroft by Judge Gerald Rosen for violating a gag order in a terror trial in Detroit and a Syracuse University study on terrorism trials noted.