Thursday, June 12, 2008
Quick Change Of Tune From Dems On SCOTUS After Habeas Ruling
As I reported yesterday, Democrats - including Sen. Patrick Leahy (pictured) - piled in on the Supreme Court for some of its recent rulings, which they criticised for ignoring congressional intentions.
Today, the justices are heroic defenders of the Constitution, according to Leahy and his party colleagues.
That's because the Supreme Court upheld the habeas corpus rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees in its Boumediene v. Bush ruling today.
Yesterday, Leahy condemned the Supreme Court as being full of activist judges.
“I can’t think of more activist judges than the Supreme Court, who have overturned congressional actions intended to protect consumers," he said.
Today, after the court overturned a section of the Military Commissions Act (which was, of course, passed by Congress), Leahy was singing a different tune.
"Today’s Supreme Court decision in Boumediene v. Bush is a stinging rebuke of the Bush administration’s flawed detention policies, and a vindication for those who have also argued from the beginning that it was unwise as well as unconstitutional," Leahy said.