"Months after Supreme Court ruling, detainee cases still unresolved."
In its landmark habeas corpus decision in June, the Supreme Court ruled that Guantanamo Bay detainees deserve to have their cases heard quickly because “the costs of delay can no longer be borne by those who are held in custody.” However, the New York Times reports that four months later, “none of the scores of cases brought by detainees have been resolved by any judge”:
Since the Supreme Court issued its ruling, lawyers for most of the 255 detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, have pressed ahead with habeas corpus lawsuits, yet most of those cases have been delayed by battles over issues like whether some court sessions will be held in secret, whether detainees can attend and what level of proof will justify detention. […]
Officials and lawyers inside and outside of the government say the new legal confrontation suggests that the Bush administration will most likely continue its defense of the detention camp until the end of President Bush’s term and is not likely to close the camp, as administration officials have said they would like to do.