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2006-04-03 12:09:33

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by terrorism suspect Jose Padilla and avoided deciding whether President George W. Bush can order Americans captured in the United States to be held in military jails without criminal charges or a trial. By a 6-3 vote, the high court refused to hear Padilla's appeal. He was confined in a military brig in South Carolina for more than three years after Bush designated him an "enemy combatant."...

2006-04-03 10:39:56

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A divided Supreme Court declined on Monday to decide whether President George W. Bush has the power in the war on terrorism to order American citizens captured in the United States held in military jails without any criminal charges or a trial. By a 6-3 vote, the court sided with the Bush administration and refused to hear an appeal by Jose Padilla, who was confined in a military brig in South Carolina for more than three years after Bush...

2006-03-28 15:48:43

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday sharply questioned the legal basis for military tribunals set up by President George W. Bush in his war on terrorism. Hearing a challenge by Osama bin Laden's former driver, several of the justices appeared troubled by the administration's position that international laws including the Geneva Convention do not apply to the Guantanamo prisoners. The justices also expressed reservations over the...

2006-03-28 01:38:28

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday hears a challenge by Osama bin Laden's former driver to President Bush's power to set up military tribunals in his war on terrorism. The arguments could lead to the most significant ruling on presidential war powers since the World War Two era. At issue are special war crimes tribunals Bush established shortly after the September 11 attacks for trying prisoners held at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay...

2006-03-27 12:58:04

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden's former driver is at the heart of a U.S. Supreme Court case this week that could determine whether President George W. Bush has the power to use military tribunals in his war on terrorism. The case, focusing on the war crimes tribunals for prisoners at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo, Cuba, also will weigh the balance of power between the presidency and the courts. In 90 minutes of arguments on Tuesday, the session could...

2006-03-27 12:17:47

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden's former driver is at the heart of a U.S. Supreme Court case this week that could determine whether President George W. Bush has the power to use military tribunals in his war on terrorism. The case, focusing on the war crimes tribunals for prisoners at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo, Cuba, also will weigh the balance of power between the presidency and the courts. In 90 minutes of arguments on Tuesday, the session could...

2006-03-22 16:17:10

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In what would be a key change in U.S. policy, the Pentagon may formally require military prosecutors to observe a U.N. convention against torture in their use of evidence during tribunals at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. Such a move would represent a formal bar on the use of any evidence obtained by torture in prisoner tribunals at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, where the United States has held hundreds of foreign terrorism suspects since early...

2006-03-03 21:58:06

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon released under court order on Friday a partial listing of names and nationalities of the nearly 500 foreign terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, but withheld data on the rest. Starting with the arrival from Afghanistan of the first group of 20 shackled and masked detainees on January 11, 2002, the United States has never released the names and nationalities of all the prisoners at the controversial camp. While incomplete, the new...

2006-03-02 13:26:18

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE (Reuters) - An al Qaeda member refused to appear before a Guantanamo war crimes tribunal on Thursday or to cooperate with a U.S. military defense lawyer whom he considers an enemy. That left the court struggling to figure out how to comply with President George W. Bush's order to present a "zealous" defense for all the foreign terrorism suspects charged at the Guantanamo base in Cuba. Ali Hamza al Bahlul, a Yemeni captive and...

2006-03-01 19:21:07

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE (Reuters) - The military judge presiding over four of the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals said on Wednesday he would consider whether torture was involved when deciding what evidence could be admitted in the trials. The judge, retired Col. Peter Brownback, stopped short of guaranteeing to exclude evidence obtained through torture, but said, "My personal belief is that torture is not good." The issue was raised during a pretrial hearing...


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