Constitution Project

The Constitution Project is a politically independent think tank established in 1997 to promote and defend constitutional safeguards. More information about the Constitution Project is available at http://constitutionproject.org/.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, May 16, 2011
Constitution Project Disappointed that U.S. Supreme Court Declined Review in State Secrets Case
Today the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan , thereby ending the litigation in this case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had held that the government's broad assertion of the "state secrets" privilege requires dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that the plaintiffs were tortured through the government's "extraordinary rendition" program. Today's order makes that decision final.
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Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Speculation is Reckless that Torture was Pivotal in Bin Laden Capture & Killing
Today, Virginia Sloan, President of The Constitution Project, called on commentators to end the rush to judgment that torture was used to obtain intelligence that ultimately led to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. "It is disturbing that within hours of President Obama's announcement, advocacy groups and pundits have jumped to their own conclusions about whether torture was used to bring about these events.
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Monday, April 04, 2011
Constitution Project Condemns Administration Policy Reversal on 9/11 Trial
Today, the Obama administration announced a reversal of its November 2009 decision to try the alleged 9/11 co-conspirators in civilian court. Instead, the five men will now face trial before a military commission on the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Abolition of Death Penalty in Illinois Raises Stakes for Other States
"In signing legislation that will abolish the death penalty in Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn has raised the stakes for governors in other states that also struggle with broken death penalty systems," said Virginia Sloan, President of The Constitution Project (TCP).
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Monday, March 07, 2011
Reaction to Executive Order Announced by President Obama on Guantanamo and Detainee Policy
The Constitution Project (TCP) issued a statement in reaction to the release of an executive order that would establish a regular review process for Guantanamo detainees who will not be released or tried, and an order to Secretary Gates to refer new charges to the military commissions system.
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Monday, June 21, 2010
Constitution Project Dismayed by Supreme Court's Rejection of Constitutional Challenge to Provisions of Material Support Laws
Today, the Supreme Court, in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project , upheld the extremely broad application of federal laws that prohibit material support for designated terrorist groups.
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Monday, June 14, 2010
Constitution Project Welcomes Supreme Court's Decision in Holland v. Florida
The Constitution Project welcomes today's opinion from the United States Supreme Court in Holland v. Florida, holding that equitable tolling may apply to the statutory limitations period in the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA). Mr. Holland was convicted of murder in 1996 and sentenced to death by a Florida state court. His direct and collateral appeals to Florida appellate courts were denied, beginning a limited period for filing a federal habeas petition. Despite Mr.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010
16 Former Federal Judges Say New Legislation 'Unwarranted' to Address Guantanamo Detainee Habeas Rights
Congress does not need to pass new legislation to guide federal courts in their review of habeas cases in which individuals at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility challenge the lawfulness of their detention, according to a new report endorsed by sixteen former federal judges released today by two leading rights organizations, the Constitution Project and Human Rights First. In the report, Habeas Works: Federal Courts' Proven Capacity to Handle Guantanamo Cases , the former federal judges conclude that attacks on the judiciary's ability to review habeas
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Friday, May 28, 2010
Constitution Project Dismayed by D.C. Circuit's Refusal to Further Examine Uighurs' Cases
Today, the Constitution Project expressed disappointment in the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit not to order a new fact-finding hearing for the five Chinese Muslims, known as Uighurs, still unlawfully detained at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Equally troubling was the majority's decision to reinstate the D.C. Circuit's broad prior ruling that federal courts lack the authority to order the release of non-citizens being held by the federal government into the United States. The D.C. Circuit was acting in response to a U.S.
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Constitution Project Committee Member Testifies Before the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Mandatory Minimums
Thomas W. Hillier, II, the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington and member of the Constitution Project's Sentencing Committee, will testify before the United States Sentencing Commission today that the number of federal mandatory minimum sentences should be dramatically reduced. The hearing is being held pursuant to a Congressional directive requiring the Commission to report to the House Judiciary Committee on federal mandatory minimum sentences.
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