Supreme Court decisions not just

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

To the editor: There are justices on the Supreme Court. They are supreme, all right, but not necessarily just.

Let’s take one decision: Boumediane vs. Bush. This decision was rendered in June 2008. It gave all prisoners in Guantanamo prison the right of habeas corpus. What does that mean to us?

It means a person who was caught on a battlefield attempting to kill American service people and is a foreigner and is considered a terrorist by all relevant nations because they were without uniforms and could, if they wished, blend into the civilian population at any time.

They were prisoners of war in a sense, although what they tried to do and were caught doing was illegal. They were by law to be tried by a military tribunal and given sentences if found guilty as charged.

Never have such people or terrorists been given the privilege of habeas corpus, which means that they will be provided with a lawyer and brought before a judge to decide whether they were guilty as charged so they could be tried in a court of law, not as terrorists, but as ordinary criminals, if there is sufficient evidence.

Here are foreigners, given that privilege normally reserved for citizens of the United States.

Now let us look at another Supreme Court decision, called Roe vs. Wade. In that decision, an unborn child who is in the womb of a citizen of the United States, one would assume, is condemned to death because the citizen has decided so.

No writ of habeas corpus is available to someone who should be considered a citizen. Some people call that justice; therefore, they are arbitrarily put to death.

We have illegal aliens who are women, who sneak across the borders of the United States and are in a state of pregnancy.

They wait until they are ready to deliver the child and then come to a public hospital in our country and the baby is delivered without charge. That baby is automatically a citizen of the United Slates and by law is immediately liable to the laws of the United States, which includes ironically, habeas corpus.

How’s that for justice?