Habeas Corpus Restoration Act Advances

07.02.07 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

The Senate Judiciary Committee last week issued a report on the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act, a bill to repeal provisions adopted in the last Congress that eliminated access to U.S. courts for suspected alien enemy combatants.

“The legislation would permit detainees held by the United States Government as enemy combatants, or as potential enemy combatants, to file writs of habeas corpus and other related actions in the United States District Courts.”

The June 26 Committee report includes a detailed justification of the legislation, as well as a lengthy dissent by several Republican Senators.