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Specter previews confirmation hearing questions for Miers

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website; JURIST news archive] previewed a range of confirmation questions for controversial US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [JURIST archive] Wednesday. In a letter [AP text], he told Miers she should expect inquiries about the war on terror and whether she would give "special deference" to President Bush. Specter also said he wanted to know Miers' views on constitutional issues such as whether the president should be allowed to militarize troops without a declaration of war from Congress and whether there are limits for how long prisoners can be detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Specter's letter follows repeated Senate requests for more information from Miers and the White House about her qualifications and record. AP has more.

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