Department of Justice wants new emergency powers amid the coronavirus crisis to detain people indefinitely without trial
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak The Department of Justice declared that it would need new emergency powers to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies.
According to the Department’s documents, there was a number of requests from lawmakers, including on court hearings, asylum, and the statute of limitation.
But the DOJ’s wish was met with a categorical rejection from both parties.
"OVER MY DEAD BODY," tweeted Republican Sen. Mike Lee.
"Absolutely not," Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
"Congress must loudly reply NO," replied the independent Rep. Justin Amash.
And if the requests were satisfied, it would give some federal judges the additional powers. Such as to pause various court proceedings during emergencies, including "any statutes otherwise affecting pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures in criminal and juvenile proceedings and all civil process and proceedings,” according to Politico.
None will deny that this would definitely violate defendants’ constitutional rights to appear before judge.