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Supreme Court Denies Appeal in Detainee Cases.

The Supreme Court today denied appeals from several cases filed by detainees held in the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The Court stated that detainees no longer have the right to file a habeas petition.  The Military Commissions Act (MCA) of 2006 stripped access to the Great Writ.  The Court passed in order to allow all available review processes, including remedies available in the Detainee Treatment Act of 2006 and the MCA, to proceed.   The Court has opted to wait for review by the US Court of Appeals in DC before further examining the cases.  This solidifies the legislation enacted by the MCA, including the habeas suspension, and leaves detainees to face review by military commission.

SCOTUSblog has extensive analysis here, here, and here.

Bloomberg has coverage here.



Daniel Graeber

Daniel Graeber is a writer for United Press International covering Iraq, Afghanistan and the broader Levant. He has published works on international and constitutional law pertaining to US terrorism cases and on child soldiers. His first major work, entitled The United States and Israel: The Implications of Alignment, is featured in the text, Strategic Interests in the Middle East: Opposition or Support for US Foreign Policy. He holds a MA in Diplomacy and International Conflict Management from Norwich University, where his focus was international relations theory, international law, and the role of non-state actors.

Areas of Focus:International law; Middle East; Government and Politics; non-state actors