How Appealing

Sunday, January 25, 2009

“Detainees won’t remain in U.S.; Uncertainty remains as to disposition”: Monday’s edition of The Washington Times will contain an article that begins, “Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Sunday that prisoners being held at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will not be set free in the U.S. unless they are American citizens, but could not explicitly say where they might be sent.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Issue of terrorists’ rights to test Obama’s pledge.”

Posted at 8:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“U.S. plan for Guantanamo prison camp detainees: Divide and conquer; The president wants U.S. trials for some and transfer abroad for others as part of his plan to close the prison camps at Guantanamo Bay.” Carol Rosenberg has this article today in The Miami Herald.

And Time magazine has posted online an article headlined “If Not Gitmo, Then Where Should Detainees Be Held?

Meanwhile, in commentary, the February 2, 2009 issue of The Weekly Standard will contain an essay by Stephanie Hessler entitled “What to Do About the Gitmo Detainees: The ball is in Congress’s court.”

Yesterday in The Wall Street Journal, David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey had an op-ed entitled “The Laws of War Have Served Us Well: Our armed forces shouldn’t have to play catch and release.”

And online at The American Prospect, Aziz Huq has an essay entitled “Obama’s Minimalist Approach to Guantanamo: Obama’s executive order on closing Guantanamo is a step in the right direction; But it still doesn’t go far enough toward addressing the worst of the Bush administration’s moral and legal quagmires.”

Posted at 5:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Obscenity case begs question: Whose standard? Extreme Associates trial may be catalyst for change.” Today in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Paula Reed Ward has an interesting article that begins, “The company under indictment for selling obscenity is in California. The undercover agent who ordered the product is in Pittsburgh. The material was carried on a computer network across the country and possibly around the world. So what community standards should be used to determine if a crime was committed?”

According to the article, the case is scheduled to begin trial on March 16, 2009 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Posted at 5:12 PM by Howard Bashman

“Could Obama tap Sioux City judge?” The Sioux City (Iowa) Journal today contains an article that begins, “U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett has been involved in several high-profile Siouxland court decisions, including ruling for an adult entertainment business against the city of Sioux City. Now, he’s getting national attention as someone legal experts believe President Barack Obama should consider for a top national court position, potentially even the U.S. Supreme Court. That’s a place Bennett once argued, in 1979 as a private practice attorney.”

Posted at 10:32 AM by Howard Bashman