Category Archives: Habeas Corpus

There Is Justice and Then There Is the Law

Blame Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – he sat on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932 and would fit right in today. That he died in 1935 presents a problem, of course. But he didn’t legislate … Continue reading

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That Book about What Everyone Really Knew but No One Wanted to Say

The buzz is all about the new Jane Mayer book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals (Doubleday, July 15, 2008) – and yes, you cannot buy a … Continue reading

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The Sermon on Good Intentions

If you’re really old, as some of us are, you might remember something that predated Monty Python – Beyond the Fringe, a British comedy revue written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, and Jonathan Miller. Most remember … Continue reading

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Everything Old is New Again, Unfortunately

Everyone in Hollywood knows sequels and remakes are tricky. You had the original Poseidon Adventure (1972) – pure schlock, but diverting – and then you got Poseidon (2006) – Wolfgang Petersen making the original more intense, gritty and suspenseful and … Continue reading

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Dealing With the Keystone Cops

The Keystone Cops are now obscure, at least the original Keystone Cops – the totally incompetent cluster of policemen in that series of silent film comedies produced by Mack Sennett for his Keystone Film Company between 1912 and 1917 – … Continue reading

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Preliminary Notes on a Unified Theory of Everything

The setting was odd – the evening of Friday the 13th – a second-rate seafood dive on the water, down in the Marina, meeting up, finally, with old friends from forty years ago. Since college in the sixties we’d gone … Continue reading

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Six Years Late

Yes, it doesn’t much matter now, but it happened again:     In a stinging rebuke to President Bush’s anti-terror policies, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign detainees held for years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have the … Continue reading

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