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Guantanamo detainees ask Roberts to suspend habeas-stripping case rejection

[JURIST] Lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay detainees urged US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Wednesday to suspend the Court's order denying certiorari [application, PDF] and allow detainees 120 days to petition the court for a rehearing [application, PDF] in two cases challenging provisions of the Military Commissions Act (MCA) [PDF text; JURIST news archive] stripping the right of detainees to file habeas corpus challenges. The Supreme Court earlier this month denied certiorari [JURIST report] in the proceedings, prompting the Justice Department to seek the dismissal [press release; JURIST report] of all pending Guantanamo habeas cases.

In the latest Supreme Court filings, lawyers for detainees argue that if the court doesn't suspend its order denying certiorari, the DOJ's motion will be granted and their clients will suffer irreparable harm. AP has more. SCOTUSblog has additional coverage.

4/27/07 - Roberts denied the detainees' requests [in-chamber opinion, PDF] Thursday. AP has more.

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