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Judge expedites US government appeal of Gitmo rights ruling

[JURIST] The federal judge who earlier this week ruled [JURIST report] that Guantanamo Bay prisoners may not be deprived of liberty without due process of law and that military tribunals set up to review their detentions fall short of the due process standard put her ruling on hold Thursday and allowed for an immediate appeal of her decision by the Bush administration. Justice Department attorneys filed a motion [FindLaw PDF] requesting that US District Court Judge Joyce Hens Green [court profile] certify an immediate appeal of her decision, stating that a federal judge in Washington had previously concluded [JURIST report] that Guantanamo detainees do not have constitutional rights. The appeal of both cases to the DC Court of Appeals is expected to resolve the conflicting rulings. Reuters has more.

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