Skip to comments.Chief Justice Denies Detainees' Request
Posted on 04/26/2007 3:48:56 PM PDT by SmithL
WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday denied a request to step in and prevent cases of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay from being thrown out of court.
The Justice Department wants the U.S. District Court in Washington to dismiss all the detainee cases that challenge their indefinite detention. The department is seeking the dismissal following the Supreme Court's April 2 decision to stay out of the detainee issue for now.
In their request, the detainees' lawyers said that unless the justices suspend their April 2 order, the district court will be free to grant the department's request, inflicting irreparable harm on the prisoners.
In a two-page order, Roberts said a suspension is not to be granted unless there is a reasonable likelihood the court would reverse its position. The detainees' lawyers made the request to Roberts because he is the justice handling applications from the District of Columbia Circuit.
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