High Court's Gitmo Ruling Raises Election Issue
Landmark ruling could be lightning rod for focus on the court's direction
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2008 10:45 AM CDT
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who fiercely opposed the court's ruling on Guantanmo detainees addresses a group of law students in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court's ruling on Guantanamo detainees may put the court in the election spotlight for the first time in decades, Linda Greenhouse writes in the New York Times. The dramatic language of Antonin Scalia's dissent could be a signpost for conservatives worried about the court's course; because of the one-vote margin, liberals are just as concerned.

"The decision clearly tapped into deep feelings about the entire course of the Bush administration’s plan for the fight against terrorism," Greenhouse writes, revealing "a court as divided as the rest of the country, on the eve of a historic and perhaps close election, over the very nature of the post-September 11 world."