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The Hamdan Decision Around the Web


The Hamdan decision (PDF) has stirred up quite a bit of legal scholarship and commentary around the web.  Thought everyone might be interested in taking a peek at some of this.  I’ll be reading and re-reading the Hamden opinion, concurrence and dissents and posting thoughts and analysis through the weekend as well – but a lot of this  analysis is first rate and worthy of some serious discussion and argument as well.  And I wanted to share it with everyone else.

— Here’s a transcript from CNN’s Lou Dobbs the evening of the Hamdan decision.

Glenn, as always, has some exceptional thoughts on the case.

— As do Jeralyn and Laywers, Guns and Money.

SCOTUSBlog has some fantastic analysis, and links to other legal scholarship and early thoughts on the case.

— ACSBlog has some great thoughts as well.  I particularly enjoyed this essay on the Hamdan/Youngstown framework.  Definitely gives you a lot to think about in that read.

— Further from the ACS website, I discovered this gem of a video of a recent discussion about the current SCOTUS and legal trends. 

— Regarding conditions at Gitmo, RawStory had a Salon excerpt yesterday that is worth a read — and I’ll link up the Salon story when I have time to find the link.  It seems that Gitmo interrogators may have received part of their training in a torture survival boot camp that the military sponsors for special forces and other special ops military training.  Boo yah.  (SIGH)  (Here’s the Salon story link on Gitmo interrogation/torture technique teaching — via a find by reader punaise, to whom I give much thanks.)

— On the Lehrer NewsHour yesterday, John Yoo was a bit testy — of course, if the Supreme Court publicly rebuked my legal reasoning skills, I might be a little testy, too.  There was further discussion with Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal later in the broadcast that is also worth a read.

And that’s just a small slice of the discussion on this case.  I know some of the other legal beagles who read here have other favorite legal bookmark websites, so please share them in the comments below.  As I said, I’ll be doing much more on the case over the weekend as I digest the case and contemplate the precedents used and the possibilities for future legal and political applications — both for Presidential and Congressional actions, and citizen actions as well.

UPDATE:  Meant to link these up as well:

Digby on a genuine, American hero.

Billmon on the Hamdan decision.

— And Crooks and Liars has more on Checking the Decider.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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