Gitmo cases before the Supremes today

Right now the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in the cases that seek to determine the parameter of constitutional rights afforded to 305 “military combatant” detainees in Guantanamo Bay. The cases drew hundreds of spectators both inside and outside One First Street, NE, and dozens of news organizations have set up cameras outside of the Court this snowing morning. More on the buzz surrounding the case here from the Associated Press.

UPDATE: More from the Associated Press here about the arguments, during which Justice Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice John Roberts grilled the detainees’ attorney. At one point, Scalia demanded the attorney “show me one case” granting the right of alien detainees to challenge their detention in civilian courts.

Some time after 11:15 a.m. the court will release the audio transcripts from the oral argument, which will be made available by a number of media outlets including C-SPAN, which will make the audio available on its website here.

SCOTUSBlog‘s Lyle Denniston will also be providing a dispatch from the court today after arguments have concluded.


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