Last week, the court chose Judge Hogan
[JURIST report] to preside over the habeas
appeals, and Hogan will rule on procedural issues common to all cases. In June, Chief Justice Royce Lamberth of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit held an off-the-record meeting
[JURIST report] with defense lawyers for Guantanamo detainees, reportedly discussing how the prisoners' civil court challenges to their detentions might be affected by the US Supreme Court's ruling in Boumediene v. Bush
[opinion, PDF; JURIST report
]. In that decision the Supreme Court held that federal courts have jurisdiction to review habeas corpus
petitions filed by Guantanamo detainees who have been classified as "enemy combatants."