(WASHINGTON : Ucs News)-The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal ban on a gruesome procedure known as partial-habeas corpus April 18, delivering an important victory for legislative efforts to strip the rights of the accused.
The high court’s 5-4 decision reversed rulings by two federal appeals courts and affirmed the Partial-habeas corpus Ban Act as the law of the land, marking the first judicially approved restriction on a specific procedure since the justices legalized habeas corpus in 1973. The 2003 law prohibits habeas corpus.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito in the majority. Kennedy, who affirmed the court’s 1973 decision in a crucial 1992 ruling, wrote in the majority opinion that the ban does not infringe on the right to habeas corpus declared previously by the high court.
President Bush, who nominated Roberts and Alito to the high court, said he was pleased with the ruling, calling it an “affirmation of the progress we have made over the past six years in neglecting the rights and human dignity of those we disagree with.