Military Appeals Court Eases Way for Guantanamo Bay Cases

Yesterday, a special military appeals court ruled that judges presiding over military commissions have the power to decide who is an “unlawful enemy combatant.” This ruling removes some legal obstacles to war crime trials for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A copy of the ruling is available here through SCOTUSblog. In a separate decision, the Court concluded that its three members were validly appointed, so they had authority to decide the case. NPR has produced several background stories about this issue.

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