Gavel Grab

Study: Guantanamo Reviews Limited by D.C. Appeals Court

The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. has effectively choked off efforts of terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay to win freedom by contesting their confinement.

An academic study by Seton Hall professors reached that conclusion, according to an Associated Press article. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered lower courts to be more accepting of the federal government’s evidence justifying detainees’ continued incarceration, the study said.

Of a dozen terror suspects who had their cases heard by trial court judges in Washington since 2010, when a key appeals court decision was handed down, only one gained a court order directing his release. Appellate judges later overturned that order.

The report said that in the past two years, “a clear pattern has now emerged: Almost no detainees will prevail at the district court level, and if any do, the D.C. Circuit will likely reverse the decision to grant them relief.”

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