[act-ma] 4/25 (Wed) Habeas Corpus and the Military Commissions Act at Cambridge Forum

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“Habeas Corpus” and the Military Commissions Act
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Cambridge Forum
3 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Press Release

	What is the impact of the Military Commissions Act on one of America’s most long standing civil liberty, “Habeas Corpus?  Established by the Magna Carta in 1215, Habeas Corpus provides prisoners the right to know the charges against them.  The Military Commissions Act, passed with no public notice in October, 2006, eliminates a prisoner’s right to Habeas Corpus protection in trials by special military commissions.  Currently prisoners being held as enemy combatants at Guantanamo are affected, but many questions remain to be answered.  Could the Military Commissions Act also be applied to American citizens?  How can suspension of Habeas Corpus in military commission trials be permitted under the Constitution?

	These issues will be discussed by Massachusetts’s attorney Jerry Cohen, and Nancy Murray, Education Director, ACLU of Massachusetts at Cambridge Forum on Wednesday, April 25.  The program begins at 7:30 p.m. at First Parish, 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, in Cambridge. 

	Jerry Cohen is a partner in the Boston law firm Burns & Levinson; a long-time advocate for American civil liberties, Cohen is involved in some of the current habeas cases wending their way through the courts.

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