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  •  Center for Constitutional Rights filed the suit (1+ / 0-)
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    Here's a link to their explanation (with a bunch of PDFs of the various briefs):

    Rasul v. Rumsfeld

    Oct 2004: The original lawsuit is filed.

    Feb, May 2006: DC District Court (not even close to the Ninth Circuit) issues decisions. Government (Bush DOJ) appeals to the DC Court of Appeals.

    Jan 2008: Court of Appeals for DC dismisses the case. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) doesn't apply to prisoners at Gitmo. Plaintiffs appeal to Supreme Court.

    Dec 2008: SCOTUS grants certiorari, vacates the judgment, and sends it back to DC Court of Appeals.

    Mar 2009: Arguments before the DC Court.

    Apr 2009: DC Court of Appeals again dismisses all claims. Plaintiffs appeal to Supreme Court. Note the following line from CCR (who represented the plaintiffs):

    The government filed its response on November 13, 2009, which notably does not explicitly argue that Guantanamo detainees should be held to enjoy no constitutional rights, but only noted in its view several courts had stated as much.

    Dec 2009: SCOTUS declines to re-hear case.


    Yeah, some blogger somewhere said it's all Obama's fault. But Obama took office in January and the final arguments were in March.

    What just happened, two weeks ago, was that the Supreme Court didn't grant cert (after granting it once already and sending it back).

    And, BTW, the DC Court is on the east coast. The Ninth Circuit Court is on the west coast.

    Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

    by Dbug on Mon Dec 28, 2009 at 01:17:59 PM PST

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