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Update on Guantanamo Detainees' Habeas Corpus Challenges

In an update on the effects of a U.S. Supreme Court 2008 ruling, which allowed Guantanamo detainees “the right to challenge their confinement,” federal judges have found themselves unable to support the detentions more often than not. Apparently, since the ruling only nine out of forty-one detentions have been upheld. Legal experts say that the majority of detainees’ charges rest on the same sort of shaky evidence that absolved the previous thirty-two. Federal courts allow the government to justify the detentions by a ‘preponderance of the evidence’ standard. However, as a response to the number of detainees released, the Obama Administration is reviewing plans to change the current trial proceedure.

Read more at the Washington Post.


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