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US Supreme Court Strikes Blow Against Liberty

Expand Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. © 2018 Reuters The US Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that immigrants with certain criminal convictions – even those who served their time decades ago for minor crimes – may be detained indefinitely without a hearing for bail. Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion in this 5-4 decision makes the issue sound like a purely technical one for grammarians and lawyers. But the issue in Nielsen v. Preap revolves around the right to liberty and to be free from arbitrary detention. This is what mandatory…

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