Betreff: ACLU Online: Gonzales' Role in Detainee Abuse and more
Von: ACLU Online
Datum: Thu, 6 Jan 2005 13:09:47 GMT

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ACLU of New Jersey Successfully Defends Jurors' Religious Expression

The New Jersey State Supreme Court ruled on December 22, 2004 that a prosecutor violated the New Jersey Constitution when he removed two jurors from a jury pool, one for wearing Muslim religious clothing and another for having engaged in missionary activity.

"In this country, people have a right to express their religious beliefs without fear of discrimination by the government," said ACLU of New Jersey Legal Director Ed Barocas. "Excluding people from jury pools based on their religious belief or expression violates the principles of freedom found in the Bill of Rights."

The case concerns the dismissal of two jurors in a criminal case in the New Jersey Superior Court in Essex County. The prosecutor excused the jurors, saying that they were "demonstrative about their religion" and that such persons "tend to favor defendants."

Read about the case online.

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Jan 6, 2005 

In anticipation of this week's expected confirmation hearings, the American Civil Liberties Union released a new report on attorney general nominee and current White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales.

Although as a matter of policy the ACLU cannot endorse or oppose nominees for any office other than on the Supreme Court, it can examine and publicize nominees' civil liberties records.

"There are too many questions swirling around Mr. Gonzales's role in developing the legal framework that may have led to the torture and abuse we all saw in those Abu Ghraib photographs," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. "The Senate has a duty not to soft-pedal in its questioning."

To read the full ACLU press release, click here.

Read the ACLU's report on Gonzales.

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For months, the Bush White House has refused to release dozens of documents related to the Administration's policies on the detention, interrogation, and torture of foreign prisoners. But President Bush's nomination of Alberto Gonzales, who is widely regarded as one of the key architects of those policies, to be the nation's top law enforcement officer should finally allow the Senate to insist on receiving these crucial documents.

As White House counsel, Gonzales oversaw the development of the Bush Administration's policy on prisoners that was applied in Afghanistan and Iraq. He wrote a memo denigrating the Geneva Conventions, and ordered and reviewed legal memoranda that stated that some of the laws against torture did not apply in Afghanistan -- and that many horrific interrogation techniques did not constitute "torture." These memos triggered dangerous changes in the treatment of prisoners by military interrogators.

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