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Media Advisory
June 12, 2008

 

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The City Bar Expresses Support for Today’s Supreme Court Decision Regarding Habeas Corpus Rights of Guantanamo Detainees

New York, NY – Pat Hynes, President of the New York City Bar Association, released the following statement regarding the Boumediene v. Bush decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court today.

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York applauds the Supreme Court's decision upholding the rights of Guantanamo detainees to seek judicial review of the legality of their detention by petitioning federal courts for habeas corpus relief. The right not to be deprived of liberty without such judicial review is fundamental to the rule of law and to our Constitution. It has been a part of Anglo-American legal tradition since Magna Carta and is now a well-established right under international law. We recognize the need to protect our national security but as the Court's opinion emphasizes "Security subsists too, in fidelity to freedom's first principles. Chief among these are freedom from arbitrary and unlawful restraint and the personal security that is secured by adherence to separation of powers. It is from these principles that the judicial authority to consider petitions for habeas relief derives."  The Court's decision adheres to our Constitution's and our Nation's most basic principles and will help restore our Nation's moral leadership in the world community.

About the Association
The New York City Bar Association (www.nycbar.org) was founded in 1870, and since then has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.

 

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