1972 American Supreme Court rules the death penalty is unconstitutional because is constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment”. Congress and state legislatures will go around the ruling by developing less painful execution techniques.
1974 Globe & Mail dance critic John Fraser helps Bolshoi Ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov to defect while in Toronto.
2006 The American Supreme Court rules that making Guantanamo Bay prisoners appear before military tribunals is unconstitutional.
2027 A group of inmates at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp have the 25th anniversary of their detention celebrated by the guards and fellow inmates.
2030 Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp is evacuated 12 hours before it’s hit by hurricane Benito. As soon as the prisoners arrive in United States soil, a human rights group gets a Florida judge to order their liberation, on the grounds that they have been held without cause, some for 27 years.