Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Guantánamo: Justice Delayed Or Denied?

In what may be only a temporary a victory for President Bush, the Supreme Court has rejected by a 6-3 margin an appeal by suspected terrorists challenging their imprisonment at Guantánamo Bay.

The prisoners are contesting their imprisonment and the rules set up to try them as war criminals outside of the federal court system.

Washington lawyer Tom Wilner, who has represented Guantánamo detainees for the last five years, said that the ruling is “a perfect example of ‘justice delayed is justice denied.’ All these people ever wanted was a fair hearing.”
The ruling may be only a temporary set back for the plaintiffs. In a brief order written by Justices John Paul Stevens and Anthony Kennedy, the court suggested the detainees could appeal once their tribunals or preliminary hearings have been completed.

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