Blows against Tyranny

In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court says you have a right to an attorney from the time you are brought before a judge–they can’t put it off for six months, as was done to a Texas man.

And a federal appeals court said the president can’t detain indefinitely as an “enemy combatant” someone who never took up arms against the US–and, the government concedes, never intended to.

Two good decisions that rein in the growing power of the executive branch in favor of individual freedom and civil rights.