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06/04/2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact: Philadelphia Bar Association

Phone: 215-238-6342


Association to Host "Restore Habeas Corpus" Panel on June 14

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Rights Committee on Thursday, June 14, at noon, will host speakers discussing: Guantanamo Detainees, the Military Commissions Act and the Suspension of Habeas Corpus.


The speakers, who are counsel for Guantanamo detainees, are: Christopher J. Huber, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP and Board Member, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, ACLU, and Mark Wilson, Assistant Federal Defender, Federal Community Defender, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The meeting will be held at the Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Conference Center.

The Military Commissions Act, enacted late in 2006, revokes the great writ of habeas corpus, the right to challenge the legality or conditions of detention, for anyone held in U.S. custody as an “enemy combatant.” From England's Magna Carta through recent Supreme Court decisions protecting Guantánamo detainees, the prohibition against unlawful imprisonment has been the bedrock of our judicial system. Historic legislation is now moving through Congress to restore habeas corpus and other constitutional protections reversed by the Act.

The Philadelphia Bar Association recently issued a letter of support to the ACLU and has by resolution expressed its support for the proposition that persons subject to detention or trial by a U.S. Military Commission should be permitted to seek habeas corpus relief in the United States courts.

You may bring your own lunch or buy lunch for $7.50 at the meeting. Register online now!

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