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High Court to Hear First Terrorism Cases

A few days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia crowded into a chapel in Rome for a Mass honoring the dead. The next week, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wept as she stood at the site of the fallen World Trade Center towers. The personal consequences of the attacks and their aftermath were swift. But it has taken until now for the justices to fully reckon with the legal ramifications. The court is poised to hear the first major cases to arise from the Bush administration’s fight against terrorism. “They become the most important cases because they are the first cases,” said Steven Shapiro, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “The first cases always go a long way toward establishing the rules.” Full Story

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