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Petitioners’ Briefs Filed in Detainee Cases

Lawyers for detainees at Guantanamo Bay filed merits briefs today in Boumediene v. Bush (06-1195) and Al Odah v. United States (06-1196).

The brief in Boumediene is here, and click here and here to read the petitioners’ briefs in Al Odah. The Justice Department’s briefs in both cases are due October 9.

One amicus brief filed today in support of the petitioners came from Salim Hamdan, available here. The Court has yet to take action on his two pending appeals, 06-1169 (rehearing petition) and 07-15 (cert before judgment).

At least 20 other amicus briefs were filed in support of the petitioners, with still another filed in support of reversal. They are listed and linked after the jump. See Marty’s post below for his inital reaction to one of the amicus filings.

ACLU and Public Justice

American Bar Association

Amnesty International, Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association, International Federation for Human Rights, and International Law Association

Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Cato Institute

Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations

Commonwealth Lawyers Association

Federal Courts and International Law Professors

Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Florida

Former Federal Judges

Former United States Diplomats

International Humanitarian Law Experts

Legal Historians

National Institute of Military Justice

Professors of Constitutional Law and Federal Jurisdiction

Retired Military Officers

Specialists in Israeli Military Law and Constitutional Law

United States Senator Arlen Specter

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

383 United Kingdom and European Parliamentarians

Canadian Parliamentarians and Professors of Law (in support of reversal)