Judge Orders Public Release Of Gitmo Legal Documents
By Andrew Ramonas | June 1, 2022 2:39 pm

U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan ordered the Justice Department to make public unclassified documents that justify the continued detainment of more than 100 Guantanamo Bay prisoners, The Associated Press reported this afternoon.

The documents are under seal which allows only judges to see them making it difficult for detainee attorneys to prepare for hearings, The AP said. The AP, The New York Times and USA Today have also been working  for the public release of the documents.

“Providing the public with access to the charges levied against these detainees, as detailed in the factual returns, ensures greater oversight of the detentions and these proceedings,” Hogan said, according to The AP. “As long as public access does not come at the expense of the litigation interests of petitioners or national security, the court believes the public has a common law right to access the returns.”

The Justice Department had said sealing the document was only temporary so they could have more time to check  them for classified information, The AP said.

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