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DOJ Comes To Its Senses; Drops Guantanamo MOU Appeal

By Steve Vladeck
Saturday, December 15, 2012, 9:55 AM

About six weeks ago, I flagged the (in my view, alarming) filing by the government of a notice of appeal to the D.C. Circuit in the Guantanamo MOU/continuing access-to-counsel litigation. Late last night, the government filed this unopposed motion to dismiss the appeal, which, barring something very strange, will almost certainly be granted by the D.C. Circuit sooner rather than later, leaving Chief Judge Lamberth's September 6 ruling as the final word on the subject.  Needless to say, I think this is a laudable development--albeit not one that should have taken as much time as it did...