Tag: Guantanamo

The 2004 Guantanamo Military Commissions

Last week NPR’s Morning Edition aired a story about Guantanamo sketch artist Janet Hamlin saying, “When the secretive military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay began, only one courtroom sketch artist was allowed in. Her name is Janet Hamlin.” That’s not exactly

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Justices Dismiss Uighurs Appeal

In October 2008 U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina ordered the release of 17 Uighur detainees from Guantanamo into the U.S.  That of course never happen as the order was immediately appealed by the government.  The DC Circuit ruled that only

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Judge Frees Gitmo Detainee

Judge Ellen Huvelle yesterday ordered the government to release Mohammed Jawad, a young Guantanamo detainee whose confession under torture was thrown out by a military judge.  Though unlikely, criminal charges could still be brought against Jawad, an action the judge

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Judge Leon Orders Release of Another Guatanamo Detainee

Mohammed El Gharani, a citizen of Chad, was captured in Pakistan seven years ago when he was 14 years old, and has been held at Guantanamo ever since. The government’s case relied mainly upon the unsubstantiated statements of two other

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Judge Orders Release of 5 Gitmo Prisoners “Forthwith”

Judge Richard Leon, a conservative Bush appointee, in the first ruling since the Supreme Court ordered habeas review of the government’s evidence in the Guantanamo detentions, ordered the release of five of the six detainees in Boumediene v. Bush. The

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Urbina Frees the Uighurs

Applause erupted in a packed courtroom today after Judge Ricardo Urbina ordered the government to bring 17 Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo for the past seven years into his courtroom at 10am Friday.  The Uighur detainees, whom the government concedes

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Judge Vows Detainee Cases “Resolved This Year”

At a second hearing this week resulting from the Supreme Court’s recent decision allowing Guantanamo Bay detainees to have their cases heard in civilian courts U.S. District Judge Richard Leon emphatically expressed his intent to move quickly. “The Supreme Court

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Habeas Hearings for Gitmo Detainees Begin

The ceremonial courtroom in Washington’s U.S. District Court was filled to capacity with more than 120 lawyers representing detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a dozen government lawyers, and various clerks, reporters and spectators. Another couple dozen lawyers for the detainees listened

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A new court for Gitmo

The U.S. Court of Military Commission Review held its first hearing yesterday in a borrowed courtroom a half block from the White House. Back in June two military judges at Guantanamo ruled that the detainees brought before them could not

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Gitmo guilty plea

David Hicks, a 30 year-old Australian who has been detained at Guantanamo since 2002, last night pleaded guilty to one count of material support for terrorism. The drawing is from his first appearance before the military commissions in August 2004.

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