Concerns with Revisions to the Military Commissions Act of 2006 in the Senate-Passed Version of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2009 … The undersigned organizations want to make clear both our opposition to resuming the use of military commissions to try terrorism suspects, and our concern with numerous provisions in the amendment to the MCA that we strongly urge you to consider. … military commissions would still be incapable of delivering on the twin goals of any effective judicial system: ensuring that justice is fair, and ensuring that justice is swift.
Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner (on Petition for Writ of Certiorari).
Argument: The Court should overrule Loving v. United States, which is no longer good law in light of Ring v. Arizona. Rules for Courts-Martial 1004 violates constitutional separation-of-powers principles. Only Congress may define the elements of a criminal offense. The foregoing separation-of-powers principles apply equally in the military justice system.