Monday, June 08, 2009

Supreme Court declines challenge to "don't ask don't tell"

Early Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Army Capt. James Pietrangelo II, who had challenged the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy in an appeals court in Boston. The Yahoo! copy of the AP story by Laura James is here.

The Supreme Court orders on the cert denial appear here (case 08-824). The SLDN press release on the denial is here.

The White House has not yet been willing to intervene to stop discharges under “don’t ask don’t tell”, but analysis by the Palm Center, discussed here Saturday, says that the president has the legal authority to do so.

Later on Monday, Anderson Cooper interviewed Army Lt. Dan Choi (a skilled linguist) on his 360 program about Choi's discharge and about the Supreme Court non-action. The AC360 blog entry is here. Choi said that people join the military because they want to be part of something with goals greater than what they can accomplish with their own choices.

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