Gitmo Habeas Scoreboard

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm
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Click on the numbers in the scoreboard above for a detailed breakdown of the cases.

Since the Supreme Court ruled last year that detainees at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo have the right to habeas corpus — that is, the right to challenge their detention in court — hundreds of detainees have taken advantage, filing petitions in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

The Gitmo Habeas Scoreboard is broken up into two sections: cases won by detainees — further divided between detainees who have been released and those still in custody — and cases won by the U.S. government. Using information compiled by Pro Publica and David Remes, legal director of Appeal for Justice, the accompanying charts feature background information on all 41 detainees whose cases have been decided to date, including the allegations against each detainee, the court’s reasoning in each decision, and the status of any appeals. As more cases are resolved, we’ll keep updating the chart.

Of the 41 cases heard so far, detainees have won 32 of them. That means that in 32 out of 41 cases, the government was unable to present enough evidence, including classified evidence, to convince a federal court judge that it’s more likely than not that the detainee was a member or substantial supporter of al-Qaeda or the Taliban. (Habeas cases are civil proceedings, where there is no need to establish guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” as in criminal trials.)

Of the 32 cases the government has lost, it has appealed only two. Eight detainees who have lost their cases have appealed so far.

Meanwhile, many of the prisoners who have won their petitions for habeas corpus are still imprisoned at Gitmo. Although the court in each case ordered the government to arrange for the detainee’s expeditious release, in some cases the government can’t or won’t send the prisoner back to where he came from. In some cases, that’s either because the detainee legitimately fears persecution at home, as in the case of the Uighurs. In others, it’s because, as with the prisoners from Yemen, the U.S. government doesn’t trust the detainee’s home government to keep him from joining up with local terror groups upon his return.

As a result, of the 32 detainees who have won an order of release in a U.S. federal court, 11 remain in prison.

Thanks to Hannah Dreier and Lazar Backovic for their work in compiling this scoreboard.

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Gavel Grab » Thursday Media Report
Pingback posted December 17, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

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Gavel Grab » Keeping Score on Habeas Justice for Detainees
Pingback posted December 17, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

[...] can track the numbers at a new Gitmo Habeas Scoreboard available from the Washington Independent. The latest tally is 32 legal victories by detainees and [...]


redbaron2
Comment posted December 28, 2009 @ 11:29 am

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Dazey
Comment posted December 29, 2009 @ 7:43 pm

Hello… is there a way to get this as a widget for my website at http://freedetainees.org? Thanks in advance!


Dazey
Comment posted December 29, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

Redbaron: I believe that's a pay site, isn't it?


Dazey
Comment posted December 30, 2009 @ 12:43 am

Hello… is there a way to get this as a widget for my website at http://freedetainees.org? Thanks in advance!


Dazey
Comment posted December 30, 2009 @ 12:46 am

oops


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