U.S. Supreme Court Denies Certiorari for Guantánamo Petitions

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Sunday, July 1, 2007
Bruce Zagaris
On April 30, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case of two Guantánamo Bay prisoners who want to challenge the legality of military commissions, the second time in one month that the Court decided not to hear appeals from terrorism suspects imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay. In denying the cert petitions, the Court passed on an opportunity to stop the military commissions detainees face after Congress authorized the trials in the fall 2006. Justices David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer would have granted the request to hear the case, the court said in denying the petitions. It takes four votes to hear a case ... [more]