A federal judge has once again thrown the Obama administration for a loop
: District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle ordered an immediate habeas corpus hearing for two long-time detainees. The government wanted those hearings postponed because it had postponed their military commissions. In a short order, the judge wrote that the petitioners, Mohammed Jaward and Mohammed Kameen, "cannot exhaust their criminal proceedings without suffering
delay." Justice delayed is justice... well, you get the idea.
Huvelle footnotes the Boumediene decision, which requires "prompt" adjudication of the Gitmo habeas cases. The judge notes that if the administration quickly re-opens the commission hearings for the two men, the government can refile their motion to suspend a full habeas hearing.
Essentially, this ruling and a recent, similar order by a DC circuit judge suggest that the administration's arguments are being greeted skeptically.
A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment, other than to say that the ruling was expected.