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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Federal judge called for speedy Guantanamo habeas appeals
Kimberly Bennett at 12:00 AM ET

On July 8, 2008, Chief Judge Thomas F. Hogan for the US District Court for the District of Columbia stated that the US government should make Guantanamo detainee appeals a top priority to ensure that the appeals reach trial in a timely manner. He instructed the Department of Justice to put other cases on hold while complying with these requests in addition to establishing deadlines for turning in evidence. The request came as a response to the US Supreme Court's ruling in Boumediene v. Bush, holding that federal courts have jurisdiction to review habeas corpus petitions filed by Guantanamo detainees who have been classified as "enemy combatants." Writing for the Court, Justice Kennedy stated that the Military Commissions Act of 2006 was an unconstitutional suspension of the right to habeas corpus.

Read an overview of Guantanamo Bay in Features.

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