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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Senator introduced bill to restore habeas rights, redefine 'enemy combatant'
Kyle Webster at 12:00 AM ET

On February 13, 2007, former Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut introduced the Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007 in an effort to restore habeas corpus rights to all US-held detainees, ban the use of evidence gained by torture or coercion and narrow the definition "enemy combatant." The bill was referred to committee and never enacted. This was one of many efforts by Dodd and other Senate Democrats aimed at restoring access to the judicial system for Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Read an overview of Guantanamo Bay in Features and a discussion by JURIST Guest Columnist Marjorie Cohn on Guantanamo in Forum.

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