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75 Gitmo Lawyers Lobby U.S. for Court Access

Posted May 1, 2007 8:08 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Some 75 attorneys representing so-called enemy combatants being held in the Guantanamo Bay prison without trials fanned out over Capital Hill today, lobbying legislators in private meetings in an effort to get their clients into U.S. court.

Denouncing the current approach as "executive branch extremism" during a news conference, the group is seeking a Congressional repeal of a 2006 law that authorizes holding non-citizens without trial if they are determined to be unlawful enemy combatants, reports the AP.

"We're not talking about a get-out-of-jail-free card; we're simply talking about having a right to be heard in court," says Vincent Warren. He is executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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