During this coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the United States DOJ (Department Of Justice) is seeking new emergency powers that includes tighter restrictions on the borders and most notably, the ability to detain people indefinitely without trial. More specifically, the proposal is that the Attorney General could tell the chief judges to suspend court proceedings during emergencies and basically broaden their powers. In addition, there are other proposals like forcing defendants to subject themselves to a trail via video teleconferencing as opposed to getting the right to represent themselves in person in a court of law.
Obviously, the concerns that people are having have to deal with the right to a fair and speedy trial. America prides itself on having a fair judicial system and these proposals seem to fly in the face of what the United States is supposed to be about.
Given that the House of Representatives is controlled by Democrats, it’s unlikely that any of these changes or laws. Still it’ll be interesting to see what kind of powers Trump and the White House try to evoke during this crisis.
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