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Friday, April 01, 2011

Federal judge dismissed 105 ex-Guantanamo detainee habeas cases
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On April 1, 2010, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed as moot 105 habeas corpus petitions of non-citizen former Guantanamo Bay detainees who were no longer in US custody. Judge Thomas Hogan wrote that in deciding the case, the court was answering one of the questions left open by the Supreme Court's 2008 decision in Boumediene v. Bush: "what happens to a Guantanamo detainee's habeas claim once he is transferred or released." The former detainees had changed their petitions from seeking release from US custody to asking that the US intervene to seek their release from foreign custody or lift limitations placed on them by foreign states, or withdraw their prior determination as enemy combatants.

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