September 30, 2006

Stabenow splits from party on detainees

Lansing State Journal: Stabenow splits from party on detainees:
"Sen. Debbie Stabenow, up for re-election next month, broke with most of her Democratic colleagues this week in supporting changes to the way terrorism suspects are interrogated and prosecuted.

Stabenow was one of 12 Senate Democrats - mostly moderates or members up for re-election - who voted with the majority late Thursday in favor of a bill to limit the rights of terrorism suspects in ways that critics say will draw constitutional challenges.

The bill would allow warrantless searches and seizures and coerced confessions and would prohibit defendants from challenging their detention in court, a cornerstone of the U.S. justice system. Republicans hope to use their tough-on-terrorists approach against Democrats in this fall's elections."

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