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January 5th, 2009
03:34 PM ET

Predictions for 2009

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Jami Floyd
AC360° Contributor
In Session Anchor

So it’s 2009 and here are my predictions: This will be the year that law and politics intersect. I predict that in his first one hundred days President Barack Obama will shut down the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, but not before he grapples with the same tough questions of what to do with the detainees still being held there.

Also, early on, one of the justices will step down, giving Obama an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court almost immediately (and I’m thinking a possible three open seats during Obama’s first term). And speaking of the Supreme Court, the decision last year that words from the grave violate a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him will mean a new trial for Mark Jensen in Wisconsin. And this time around, his wife’s letters won’t come into evidence, but all the other stuff will and he’ll be convicted again.

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  1. jim Fallbrook

    I agree president elect Barack Hussein Obama will close Guantanamo Bay. Being a muslim, he will set the terrorist free from there to commit terrorist acts on our country. He will make his intentions known after he is sworn in as president. I am hoping that no justice will step down in his first term. Then he won't be able to appoint any supreme court justices because he won't get re elected. Governor Blagojevich will be acquitted. The prosecutor should have waited until Blagojevich accepted a bribe. The only reason they arrested him was to keep from implicating Obama and Jesse Jackson Jr. in any bribe attemps.i

    January 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  2. Cori from Colorado

    Although I'm no Nostradamus, I can say it will be a very, very interesting year. The world is in a much different place compared to my youth, and who knows what this year will bring.

    January 5, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    I hope Obama gets to appoint a bunch of Supremes – I just wish that in 2009 we could look at term limits for Supreme Court justices as well. Some of them are really old and I question whether they have the mind acuity to fully function as a Supreme court justice.

    As far as OJ goes if he wins his appeal I hope he still has to be retried – the evidence seemed pretty clear to me and I would like to see OJ spend his time in jail – not because he got away with murdering Nicole and Ron Goldman – but because he despite his fame and his notorious short fuse should answer to the same justice system the rest of us answer to.

    January 5, 2009 at 5:43 pm |