595 Market St, 2nd floor
San Francisco, California 94105

Habeas Corpus, GITMO Style: The Perceived Tension Between Liberty and Security

Vincent Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
Kent Scheidegger, Legal Director, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation

In conversation with Bob Egelko, Legal Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

Don't know what the writ of habeas corpus is? Habeas corpus prevents the indefinite detainment of a prisoner without being charged or brought before a court. Defenders of the right say that suspending the writ of habeas corpus has historically been limited to "when the public safety may require it" and has only been done a handful of times in U.S. history. Can the United States effectively defend against terrorism without suspending habeas corpus? What does it take to protect our freedom? With the Supreme Court set to rule on Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah v. U.S. (which concern habeas petitions of detainees at Guantanamo Bay), panelists will bring you a deeper understanding of these important issues.

Location: Club Office
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. wine and hors d'oeuvres reception
Cost: $12 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)

Official Website: http://tickets.commonwealthclub.org/open.asp?show=695

Added by jbarbara on June 11, 2008