The Supreme Court announced today it has granted review in al-Marri v. Pucciarelli, the next in a series of landmark cases testing the constitutionality of Bush administration detention policies in the war on terror. With argument likely in spring and a decision by late June, the announcement guarantees those policies will remain in the spotlight well into the Obama administration. How the new administration handles the case will also be closely watched.
In a statement American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Jonathan Hafetz, al-Marri's lawyer, said, “We are pleased that the Supreme Court has accepted Mr. al-Marri's case for review. The president has deviated from the principles on which the United States and its Constitution were founded: that individuals cannot be imprisoned for suspected wrongdoing without being charged with a crime and tried before a jury. We are confident that upon review, the Court will strike down this radical -- and unnecessary -- departure from our nation’s most basic values.”