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/.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Constitution Project Releases 'Statement Opposing the Terrorist Expatriation Act'
Today, the Constitution Project's bipartisan Liberty and Security Committee released a Statement Opposing the Terrorist Expatriation Act , in response to legislation introduced by Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Scott Brown (R-MA) and Representatives Jason Altmire (D-PA) and Charlie Dent (R-PA), shortly after the failed bombing attempt in New York's Times Square.
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Monday, May 10, 2010
Constitution Project Troubled by Recent Proposals to Weaken Miranda Requirements
The Constitution Project is troubled by proposals, including a suggestion by Attorney General Eric Holder, for legislation to allow law enforcement officials to interrogate terrorism suspects without notifying them of their legal rights under the Constitution. The attorney general, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" yesterday, said interrogators need greater flexibility in notifying suspects of their rights to remain silent and to an attorney, established in the Supreme Court's landmark case Miranda v. Arizona .
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Monday, April 19, 2010
Constitution Project Expresses Disappointment in Supreme Court Refusal to Hear Case of Charles Dean Hood
The Constitution Project is disappointed by the Supreme Court's refusal today to hear the case of Charles Dean Hood, who has long protested that his constitutional right to a fair trial was violated because of an admitted affair between the prosecutor in his case and the judge presiding over his trial. Mr. Hood was sentenced to death in 1990 for a double murder.
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
Constitution Project Welcomes 2009 Report on Government Classification System for National Security Information
Today, the National Archives and Records Administration's Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) released to the president its 2009 annual report examining the government's system for classifying and declassifying national security information. ISOO's yearly report is a critical oversight tool that promotes transparency and helps the government and the public assess how well federal agencies are carrying out the requirements set forth in the Executive Order on classified national security information.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Constitution Project Sends Letter from Former Law Enforcement Officials Rejecting Death Penalty Attacks on Goodwin Liu
Yesterday, in a letter organized by the Constitution Project and sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, 27 former judges and prosecutors expressed concern with the recent attacks on Professor Goodwin Liu, President Obama's nominee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, regarding his views on the death penalty. While not taking a position on Professor Liu's nomination, the signatories to the letter, including both supporters and opponents of capital punishment, stated that the attacks on Professor Liu for his view on the death penalty are erroneous and
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Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Constitution Project Joins Statement Calling for Transparency in Creation of Military Commissions Manual
Yesterday, the Constitution Project joined with eight other organizations and prominent scholars in releasing a statement calling for transparency and a public comment period as the Department of Defense develops its Manual for Military Commissions. The Manual, once approved by Congress, will spell out the rules governing the proceedings of the most recent version of military commissions, which were revised under the Military Commissions Act of 2009.
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Constitution Project Files Brief in Support of Claims of Inadequate Legal Representation in Michigan
Today, the Constitution Project, along with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Brennan Center for Justice, and NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, filed an amicus brief with the Michigan Supreme Court, urging the Court to decide that those bringing the case have a sufficient claim for relief based on the State's failure to provide them with constitutionally adequate representation in their respective criminal cases. The plaintiffs in the case of Duncan v.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Beyond Guantanamo Signatories Meet with Legislators to Support Prosecutions of Terrorism Suspects in Federal Court
Today, over a dozen signatories to Beyond Guantanamo: A Bipartisan Declaration came to Washington to meet with members of Congress to advocate for the trial of terrorism suspects in traditional federal court, rather than by military commission. Signatories also cautioned against using a system of indefinite detention to hold suspects without charge or trial.
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Friday, March 05, 2010
Constitution Project Urges Obama Administration To Stick With Federal Court Prosecutions of 9/11 Conspirators
The Constitution Project urges the Obama administration to maintain its commitment to trying Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four others in federal court and to reject any proposed deal to shift their trials to military commissions. Reversing Attorney General Eric Holder's decision in November to prosecute the 9/11 conspirators in federal court would be a major retreat on the administration's pledge to restore the rule of law.
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Monday, March 01, 2010
Constitution Project Welcomes Supreme Court Order Vacating Decision of Appeals Court in Uighurs Case
The Constitution Project welcomes today's order by the U.S. Supreme Court vacating (voiding) the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's decision in February 2009, which had held that federal courts lack the power to order release of the Uighur detainees in the United States. The Project is disappointed, however, that the Court has dismissed this case and will not consider this important legal question on the power of courts to order appropriate remedies in detention cases.
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