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The Case Against Secret Evidence

48 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2007  

Victor Hansen

New England Law | Boston

Lawrence Friedman

New England Law | Boston

Abstract

The article considers the lessons that may be learned from the military and civilian court experiences with protected information under the provisions of Military Rule of Evidence 505 and the Classified Information Procedures Act. The paper then focuses on the potential consequences for endorsing the use of secret evidence, and we propose an amendment to Article 36(b) of the UCMJ that will more effectively allow Congress to provide a constitutional check on executive power in this area.

Keywords: secret evidence, CIPA, military commissions

JEL Classification: K40, K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Hansen, Victor and Friedman, Lawrence, The Case Against Secret Evidence. Roger Williams University Law Review, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1026410

Victor Hansen (Contact Author)

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Lawrence Friedman

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