An open letter to the U.S. Congress

DOJ Wants to Suspend Certain Constitutional Rights During Coronavirus Emergency

7 so far! Let’s get to 10 signers!

On March 21, 2020, Peter Wade of Rolling Stone reported that the Department of Justice has asked congress to for the ability to detain arrested people “indefinitely” in addition to other powers. Norman L. Reimer, executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, told Politico the measure was “terrifying,” saying, “Not only would it be a violation of [habeas corpus], but it says ‘affecting pre-arrest.’ So that means you could be arrested and never brought before a judge until they decide that the emergency or the civil disobedience is over. I urge you to investigate this report and to notify me and the public if the report is true and your stance on this report. As if it is not scary enough for myself and the people I love to worry about the affects of COVID-19 to have to worry about a power grab from the Executive branch. Enough is enough. Perform your duties of oversight or this will exacerbate the current crisis.

First sent on March 22, 2020 by Betsalel (Saul) Williamson

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