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Boumediene v. Bush
On June 12, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that barred Guantanamo Bay detainees from filing habeas corpus challenges to their detention and instead channeled any challenges into the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The Court ruled that the federal law unconstitutionally eliminated detainees' habeas corpus rights in violation of the Constitution's Suspension Clause (which imposes limitations on Congress's power to limit habeas jurisdiction). The decision was a setback for WLF, which filed a brief in the case in support of the government and on behalf of seven retired generals and admirals. The seven are Generals John Altenburg, Thomas Hemingway, Michael Marchand, and Michael Nardotti; and Admirals James Carey, Steven Kantrowitz, and William Schachte. Several held critical roles in developing U.S. detention policy prior to their retirements, and four served as either the highest or second-highest ranking lawyer in their branch of the armed services.
Case Status:
Loss.
More Information and Downloads:
10/9/2007: Download the Brief
1/18/2006: Download the Brief
4/27/2005: Download the Brief

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