Al Joudi v. Bush

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Al Joudi v. Bush (Civil Action No. 05-cv-301) is a writ of habeas corpus filed on behalf of several Guantanamo detainees, including: Majid Abdulla Al Joudi, Yousif Mohammad Mubarak Al-Shehri, Abdulla Mohammad Al Ghanmi and Abdul-Hakim Abdul-Rahman Al-Moosa, before US District Court Judge Gladys Kessler. It was one of over 200 habeas corpus petitions filed on behalf of detainees held in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba.

Lead Counsel[edit]

In January 2007 the Center for Constitution Rights published a list of the counsels of the "lead petitioners" in the captives various habeas petitions.[1] The list records Martin Flumenbaum and Tarver Julia Mason of PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON LLP as the counsel to the lead petitioner on this petition.

Seizure of privileged lawyer-client documents[edit]

On June 10, 2006 the Department of Defense reported that three captives died in custody. The Department of Defense stated that the three men committed suicide. Camp authorities called the deaths "an act of asymmetric warfare", and suspected plans had been coordinated by the captive's attorneys—so they seized all the captives' documents, including the captives' copies of their habeas documents.[2] Since the habeas documents were privileged lawyer-client communication the Department of Justice was compelled to file documents about the document seizures. Majid Abdulla Al Joudi and Abdulla Mohammad Al Ghanmi's papers were seized.

Military Commissions Act[edit]

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 mandated that Guantanamo captives were no longer entitled to access the US civil justice system, so all outstanding habeas corpus petitions were stayed.[3]

Boumediene v. Bush[edit]

On June 12, 2008 the United States Supreme Court ruled, in Boumediene v. Bush, that the Military Commissions Act could not remove the right for Guantanamo captives to access the US Federal Court system. And all previous Guantanamo captives' habeas petitions were eligible to be re-instated. The judges considering the captives' habeas petitions would be considering whether the evidence used to compile the allegations the men and boys were enemy combatants justified a classification of "enemy combatant".[4]

Repatriated captives seeking relief[edit]

On 17 April 2007 the United States Department of Justice moved to dismiss several hundred habeas petitions because the captives had been set free, repatriated, or died in custody.[5] Majid Abdulla Al Joudi and Abdulla Mohammad Al Ghanmi were among those the DoJ requested to be dismissed. US District Court Judge Thomas F. Hogan list this petition as one where former captives were entitled to seek relief for their detention.


  1. ^ "Lead Petitioners' Counsel in Guantanamo Habeas Cases" (PDF). Center for Constitutional Rights. January 8, 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  2. ^ "Respondents' response to Court's August 7, 2006 order" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. August 15, 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  3. ^ Peter D. Keisler, Douglas N. Letter (2006-10-16). "NOTICE OF MILITARY COMMISSIONS ACT OF 2006" (PDF). United States Department of Justice. Archived from the original on 2 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  4. ^ Farah Stockman (2008-10-24). "Lawyers debate 'enemy combatant'". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Exhibit B: List Of Enemy Combatant Detainees With Pending Habeas Corpus Petitions Who Have Been Released From United States Custody". United States Department of Justice. April 17, 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-05-05.