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Another Freed Detainee Rejoins al Qaeda:  A New York Times story by Robert F. Worth reports that Said Ali al-Shihri, a Yemeni militant released from Guantanamo Bay in 2007, has been identified by Yemen's al Qaeda branch as a deputy leader with the terrorist group.  U.S. officials suspect that al-Shihri was involved in a car bombing of the American Embassy in Sana last September that killed 16 people.  The militant reportedly disappeared from his home last year after passing through a Saudi rehabilitation program. Reports of freed detainees rejoining middle eastern terrorsist groups raise questions about how the new administration will deal with detainees after closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.   

Eleventh Circuit Reinstates Death Sentence:  A unanimous three judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit overturned an earlier District Court ruling today in a decision reinstating the death sentence of an Alabama man, according to this AP story.  Habitual criminal Billy Joe Magwood was convicted and sentenced to death in 1981 for gunning down Coffee County Sheriff Neil Grantham two years earlier.  Although evidence of Magwood's guilt was undisputed,  he was able to delay his sentence on collateral review for over twenty years. The decision offers an analysis of the application of the successive petition rule to claims that could have been made after the first sentencing, which petitioner now wishes to make after resentencing.

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And it looks like the District Court (Judge Thompson?) sat on the habeas petition for 10 years.

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