Senator Specter helps Mr. Habeas find his way back home
Yes, there's been a Mr. Habeas sighting! The sad-looking little guy to the left, once "one of the bedrock elements of U.S. law," according to the Washington Post, went missing awhile ago when our Congress yielded to White House pressure and passed the Military Commissions Act. Now it looks as though he might actually be on his way back home.
On Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up (i.e., approved for an eventual floor vote) the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act, a bill co-sponsored by Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA). The senator, to his credit, was the only Republican member of the committee to approve the bill, which passed 11-8.
Way to go, Senators Leahy, Specter, Kennedy, Biden, Kohl, Feinstein, Feingold, Schumer, Durbin, Cardin, and Whitehouse!
Reread the Magna Carta, Senators Hatch, Grassley, Kyl, Sessions, Graham, Cornyn, Brownback, Coburn.