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September-October 2012 , Page 24 

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NACDL News: Court: Guantánamo Detainees Retain Right to Legal Counsel

By Jack King and Ivan J. Dominguez

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On Sept. 6, 2012, Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order upholding Guantánamo detainees’ access to counsel. The order directly addresses and rejects each argument made by the government in its attempt to weaken the detainees’ constitutional right to seek review of the legality of their detention.

“The Court has an obligation to assure that those seeking to challenge their Executive detention by petitioning for habeas relief have adequate, effective, and meaningful access to the courts. In the case of Guantánamo detainees, access to the courts means nothing without access to counsel,” the order concluded. NACDL applauds this decision as it continues the fight for attorney-client rights at the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

NACDL filed an amicus letter in favor of the detainees. NACDL has openly opposed the system of indefinite detention without charge or trial currently in place at Guantánamo Bay, and fi

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