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

(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."

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.
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)
Secutiry requires fidelity to freedom%u2019s first principles, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his ruling on access to habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees.
Secutiry requires "fidelity to freedom%u2019s first principles, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his ruling on access to habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
A bird perches on barbed wire fence at the Camp Delta detention compound, which has housed foreign prisoners since 2002.
A bird perches on barbed wire fence at the Camp Delta detention compound, which has housed foreign prisoners since 2002.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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