Appeals Court Rules No Right to Trial for U.S. Citizen
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"The court's ruling effectively declares the entire world -- including the United States -- to be a battlefield subject to military jurisdiction, where American citizens can be stripped of their Constitutional rights," said Deborah Pearlstein, Director of Human Rights First's U.S. Law and Security Program. "We expect the Supreme Court will take up this historic case, and we are confident that the courts will ultimately affirm the due process rights of all U.S. citizens."
Human Rights First filed an amicus brief in the case signed by former Attorney General Janet Reno and other former Justice Department and intelligence officials in support of Mr. Padilla, arguing that numerous laws existed under which he could be charged.
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