There is a new heated showdown between the Bush administration and the federal courts. An appellate court blocked the administration from transferring dirty-bomb suspect Jose Padilla (in photo) from a military brig to civil custody, so the administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court last week to intervene and allow the immediate transfer, The New York Times reported. What was particularly interesting was that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is known for being conservative and friendly to the administration’s actions, was so caustic in opposing the transfer, accusing the administration of trying to manipulate the court system. Bush’s solicitor general is arguing that the 4th Circuit does not have the authority to “disregard a presidential directive.”
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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