Saturday, June 14, 2008

A "Stinging Rebuke"?

That is how the AP and Yahoo and NPR put last week's Supreme Court decision, which was lost by the administration.

Jeez, I don't want to be picky but the decision was 5-4. That means it was won by the narrowest possible margin and that 4 Supreme Court justices think the administration is correct in their thinking. A more accurate description should be, "in a narrow loss for the administration...". If it had been 9-0, or 8-1 or even 7-2 I would accept "Stinging Rebuke", but come-on! 5-4 means Okay, you lost but you had some pretty good arguments on your side.

As to the merits of the case: I didn't know that non-citizens who are outside of the United States had any rights under the United States Constitution.

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