Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Court Allows Secret Deportation Hearings
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Hundreds of Secret Deportation Hearings Held Since 9/11
Note for those not well versed with the working of the Supreme Court of the United States:
Most cases to the court are brought thru what are called writs of certeriori - a case to review - from the regional circuit courts. At least 4 of the 9 supremes must vote to take the case. If not, the court turns the case away - with no comment. This is what happened in this case.
What is unusual is that if two circuit courts have given conflicting judgements, the Supremes usually take the case to settle the issue nationally. They have not done it in this case.
This is NOT a precedent setting thing. Tomorrow, if some one takes teh same kind of case, the court might vote to take it and pass judgement. It has, for now, said there is nothing so significant in the case to review OR that it is not ready to pronounce the final word on this.
But as of this case, the last guy who won - the US Admn, takes home the win.
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