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Executive Branch May Transfer Detainees to Other Countries:  At SCOTUSblog, Lyle Denniston reports on a D.C. Circuit Court "compromise" decision that the Executive Branch can order the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to other countries without "second guessing" from other courts, and without informing detainees' lawyers of the order.  Denniston reports that the decision left open the possibility that a court could block a transfer if the government knew the country would torture the detainee.  But this does not mean that courts can interfere if the Executive Branch orders the detainee to a country where the detainee could be held again, or prosecuted for some other crime. Today's ruling in Kiyemba v. Obama (05-5487) dissolved a district court's orders that the Uighurs could not be transferred to another country before their attorneys had the opportunity to object.  The decision was based on the Supreme Court's decision in Munaf v. Geren (06-1666), which held that a U.S. court could not bar the transfer of two U.S. citizens to Iraq for prosecution for crimes allegedly committed in that country.

Stevens Conviction Set Aside:  Doug Berman has a post on Sentencing Law and Policy linking to a CNN report and a Legal Times article on the formal dismissal of former Senator Ted Stevens' prosecution.  Apparently, at today's proceeding, District Judge Emmet Sullivan chastised the prosecutors, stating "[i]n nearly 25 years on the bench, I've never seen anything approaching the mishandling and misconduct that I've seen in this case."  He also appointed an independent, nongovernment attorney to investigate the misconduct of the government attorneys.   

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