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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:30 AM

Military Arrest in Doubt as U.S. Fights Rookie Judge

Source: Bloomberg

By Bob Van Voris - Feb 6, 2013 12:00 AM ET

Katherine Forrest, a federal judge appointed by President Barack Obama who less than a year later blocked a controversial military-detention law, will have that ruling tested when an appeals court hears the government’s claim that her decision would irreparably damage national security.

Forrest, 48, a military-history buff, went from living on food stamps as a teenager to advising Time Warner Inc. and United Airlines Inc. as a corporate litigator. She then took a seven-figure pay cut on the path to her dream job as a judge, and was appointed to U.S. District Court in Manhattan in 2011.

Barack Obama with Leon Panetta in Washington. Photograph: Rex Features via AP Images
Within months, Forrest blocked Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta from enforcing part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012, rejecting arguments that she should defer to congressional and executive authority in national- security matters. The plaintiffs in the case said the law permits the military to arrest U.S. citizens for exercising their freedom of speech and of the press.

Forrest’s move earned praise from both ends of the political spectrum, from Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street activists. The Obama administration, meanwhile, warned that the first-year jurist was threatening the ability of the U.S. military to fight terrorism on the battlefield. That ruling is set for oral arguments today before the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-06/obama-appointed-judge-faces-test-over-ruling-against-terror-law.html

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Purveyor Feb 2013 OP
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #1
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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:55 AM

1. K&R

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:19 AM

2. So subversion of justice is what is required of Judges

nice to know.

So a person no longer has free speech guaranteed because anything they could possibly say may not be allowed in the interests of national security. What a con job.

Thank you Judge Forrest for doing the right thing.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:37 PM

3. This judge deserves everyone's support.

A gutsy stand for basic rights -- it's wonderful to see someone have the integrity to stand up in this way.

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Response to onwardsand upwards (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:37 PM

4. That's right

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Next any...repeat any,,, american citizen can be picked up if we are not careful.

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