Thursday, June 29, 2006

Supreme Court to Commander CrotchBulge: Bite me.

It's not the delightful smackdown that's so amusing:

The Supreme Court today delivered a sweeping rebuke to the Bush administration, ruling that the military tribunals it created to try terror suspects violate both American military law and the Geneva Convention.

In a 5-to-3 ruling, the justices also rejected an effort by Congress to strip the court of jurisdiction over habeas corpus appeals by detainees at the prison camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

It's this part:

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. did not take part in the case, since he had ruled in favor of the government as an appeals court justice last year.

Oh, man ... it's gotta hurt to have the Supreme Court -- of which you are now the chief justice -- overturn one of your own decisions. I'm pretty sure it doesn't get much more embarrassing than that.


(Couch) Stu said...

When you saw the 5-3 did anybody else automatically KNOW who those three would be?

Grog said...

In fairness, a justice is required to recuse themselves from reviewing the appeal of a decision that they wrote.

CC said...

Yes, but even if Roberts had voted, the SCOTUS would still have struck down one of his own decisions.

Like I said, it's gotta hurt.