Friday, August 05, 2005

More like him, hopefully

Here's a Republican appointed judge,Judge John Coughenour, who says exactly what some of us have thought since 9/11 and the stupefying right wing crazy attack on the Constitution that followed. Bad enough New York gets attacked, but worse when the Constitution goes up in smoke because of it.

The judge's remarks were apparently made during his sentencing of would be bomber Ahmed Ressam. Today these remarks are inspiring. Amazing, since we used to take what he is saying for granted, as a birthright, as a part of the definition of who we are as a people. No more.

Hopefully there are more out there (somewhere) like Judge John Coughenour.

Secondly, though, I would like to convey the message that our system works. We did not need to use a secret military tribunal, or detain the defendant indefinitely as an enemy combatant, or deny him the right to counsel, or invoke any proceedings beyond those guaranteed by or contrary to the United States Constitution.

The above quote quoted from Hunter at Kos. There's more here and it is all good.

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