Thursday, June 12, 2008

June 12: A victory for the Constitution

By Sylvia Gurinsky

Five United States Supreme Court justices got it right today:

Recall that there is a presumption of innocence until one is proven guilty in a court of law, and now this will also apply to anyone - the Guantanamo detainees and beyond - who is tried by any kind of American court.

There are the many detainees the U.S. keeps holding, but hasn't brought charges against or brought to trial. Whether guilty or innocent, this ruling gives them the chance to finally have their day in court, as is their constitutional right.

President George W. Bush said he doesn't have to agree with the court, but he will abide by their ruling. Let's hope so. This president has been rather contemptuous of the Constitution. Today, the Supreme Court reminded us that it is still the law of the land. Thank goodness.

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