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ABA Launches Searchable Detainee Habeas Database

Posted Dec 1, 2009 5:52 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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The ABA announced today that it has created an extensive database to help lawyers deal with the litany of unresolved questions following the U.S. Supreme Court's Boumediene v. Bush ruling that established the right of habeas corpus for detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Outstanding questions include the scope of the executive’s detention authority, the reach of the suspension clause to Bagram, whether conditions of confinement are open to habeas challenge, the standards for admitting hearsay, and procedures for handling classified intelligence reports.

The database is searchable and contains every Guantanamo and Bagram detainee habeas petition brought before the D.C. courts since the Boumediene ruling, according to an ABA news release.

Sponsored by the ABA's Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the database is housed on its ABANet.org pages.

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