Thursday, February 22, 2007


David Sentelle is a Federal Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. A few days ago Sentelle, along with Judge A. Raymond Randolph, used preposterous tortured reasoning to back the U.S. Government claim that the detainees held at Guantanamo Bay have no rights under Habeus Corpus to challenge their confinements in Federal courts. The detainees can be held there forever with no legal recourse.

Sentelle and Randolph ruled that Habeus rights do not apply to the detainees because Guantanamo Bay is leased and therefore falls under Cuban sovereignty!!!! (I guess this means that Fidel Castro has the right to free them). Apparently, any reason will do, even one so transparently illogical as this one, if it serves the purposes of the Bush regime. Sentelle is doing everything he can to throw dirt on the grave of Habeus Corpus, Constitution be damned.

As soon as I saw Sentelles name on this ruling, ugly memories came flooding back, and I do mean ugly.He is the" go to" guy when the Republicans need a friend on the court. Sentelle is the guy who overturned the well-deserved convictions of Oliver North and John Poindexter on a technicality. They had been found guilty for their roles in Iran-Contra.

Sentelle is also the guy who appointed Kenneth Starr to head the investigation of Bill Clinton, after Robert Fiske, the first Independent Counsel, found NOTHING wrong. That wasn't good enough for the Republicans, so they turned to Sentelle to do his dirty deed.

He is a totally loyal , totally partisan Republican who is an insult to the concept of jurisprudence.

I promise you this-If I ever get to be President, David Sentelle and others like him will visit Cuban soil immediately.

ADDENDUM: Here is a link to an article that fleshes out David Sentelles track record a little better. I just found this:

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