There’s been a fair amount of buzz over the past few days centered around the idea of a statutory “drone court”–a tribunal modeled after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that would (presumably) provide at least some modicum of due … Read more »
At the risk of boring readers who have long-since grown tired of this exchange, let me just offer three quick responses to Bobby’s thoughtful intervention in the back-and-forth between Ben and me on whether the D.C. Circuit really did actively … Read more »
The D.C. Circuit has decided the case of Fayiz Mohammed Ahmed Al Kandari, a Guantanamo habeas petitioner. The writing has been on the wall for Al Kandari since the court abruptly canceled oral arguments in his case. The unpublished per … Read more »
Memo to the D.C. Circuit: Staying at a guesthouse is not the same as taking military training.
Ever since the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Al Bihani last year, its opinions have repeated some language that was originally buried in a … Read more »
Almerfedi is a big deal–though perhaps subtly. Judge Laurence Silberman’s opinion continues a trend, begun by Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Uthman, of clarifying just how little the preponderance of the evidence standard really requires of the government. This … Read more »
The D.C. Circuit has handed down its decision in the case of Hussain Almerfedi, a Guantanamo habeas petitioner. The opinion is written by Judge Laurence Silberman for himself and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Judge Judith Rogers concurred in part and in … Read more »
Habeas lawyer David Remes sent in the following comments on recent developments in D.C. Circuit case law. He emphasizes that he has been counsel in several of the cases discussed below and that the following represents his own opinion only:… Read more »
If a person can’t be troubled to agree with me, the very least he can do is to write good prose. Man, oh man, can Sabin Willett write good prose! Willett, who represented the Uighurs in their Supreme Court case, … Read more »
The other day, I expressed bewilderment at the intellectual convergence between the political Left and Judge Laurence Silberman over whether post-Boumediene litigation has left habeas an empty shell. I’ve been mostly out of pocket for the last two days, … Read more »
Today counsel for the five Kiyemba v. Obama petitioners who are seeking cert. in the Supreme Court submitted a supplemental brief to augment some of the arguments they made in their petition and reply brief. I’ve previously explained the … Read more »
They say you can’t tell how a case is going to come out from an oral argument. Sometimes you can, and today is one of those days. Hussain Salem Mohammad Almerfedi is going to have his head handed to him … Read more »
Tomorrow morning, a panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in another Guantanamo habeas case, that of Hussain Salem Mohammad Almerfedi (Case No. 10-5291). The case is a government appeal of Judge Paul Friedman’s sole Guantanamo … Read more »
Judge Laurence Silberman’s concurring opinion today in Esmail makes three points, each of them warranting comment. I have enormous regard for Judge Silberman, and I critique his opinion with caution. But I confess myself a little perplexed by it. The … Read more »
The D.C. Circuit’s per curiam opinion today in Esmail is unremarkable–exactly what one would have suspected from the oral argument. Judge Laurence Silberman’s concurrence, by contrast, is altogether remarkable. At only two pages in the slip opinion, it packs … Read more »
Today the D.C. Circuit, in a per curiam decision accompanied by a concurrence from Judge Laurence Silberman, affirmed Judge Henry Kennedy’s denial of habeas to petitioner Yasein Khasem Mohammad Esmail (Case No. 10-5282).
We’ll post additional thoughts soon.
Yesterday the D.C. Circuit resolved this interesting question in Almerfedi v. Obama. The panel of Judges Brown, Kavanaugh, and Silberman ruled in the government’s favor, granting the (non-temporary) stay that will prevent petitioner Almerfedi from being transferred out of U.S. … Read more »
This afternoon the D.C. Circuit responded to the government’s request for a temporary stay in Almerfedi v. Obama by granting the motion. This means that the detainee, habeas petitioner Hussain Salem Mohammed Almerfedi, will remain in custody at Guantanamo Bay … Read more »
Rising before the D.C. Circuit this morning on behalf of Yasein Khasem Mohammad Esmail, Danielle Barbour faces some non-trivial problems. She has bad facts, a hostile panel, a relatively solid-seeming lower-court opinion to attack, a client who–the lower court … Read more »
The D.C. Circuit today announced its decision in ACLU v. Dep’t of Defense, a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) case in which the ACLU challenged the government’s withholding of documents relating to the capture, detention, and interrogation of several … Read more »
A few of the habeas merits appeals before the D.C. Circuit were just scheduled for oral argument. Here are the dates and panel assignments:
Al Warafi v. Obama: Oral argument will be held February 7, 2010 before judges Ginsburg, … Read more »