Quick Takes on Anna Nicole, Scooter Libby and Guantanamo
What a morning. In the span of just a few hours we've had the start of the circus-like hearing in Fort Lauderdale Florida to determine where Anna Nicole Smith is to be buried; the start of closing arguments in the perjury and obstruction of justice trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby; an important Supreme Court ruling that limits punitive damage awards; and a big decision by a federal appeals court that could break the latest logjam over what legal rights the Guantanamo Bay detainees are entitled to.
Here is your single soundbyte analysis. The Smith case? The trial judge continues to act like a buffoon and fail to control his courtroom, even as he makes more complex what should have been a simple hearing. The Libby case? Prosecutors preempted a key defense argument by telling jurors that whatever else Libby is, he is not a victim. The tobacco ruling? It won't just help large tobacco companies but large companies anywhere who are faced with a punitive damage award. The Gitmo ruling? An expected pit stop on the way to the United States Supreme Court, which ultimately will determine whether the Military Commissions Act of 2006 was a constitutionally-permissible way for the Congress to limit the rights of detainees. Phew. Am now going to take a deep breath and then dive back down into the muck.
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