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    COURT KEEPS GUANTANAMO SUSPECTS ISOLATED Gina Holland, Associated Press, 1/29/04 http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/breaking_news/7819503.htm WASHINGTON
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      COURT KEEPS GUANTANAMO SUSPECTS ISOLATED
      Gina Holland, Associated Press, 1/29/04
      http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/breaking_news/7819503.htm

      WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court stepped in Wednesday to temporarily
      continue the isolation of terrorism suspects at the Navy base in
      Cuba.

      Justice Sandra Day O'Connor granted a request from the Bush
      administration to stop a lower court from communicating with a
      detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

      The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had planned to notify the
      detainee of that court's ruling in December that Guantanamo prisoners
      should be allowed to see lawyers and have access to courts.

      O'Connor granted the government's request to put that ruling on hold,
      but she said the high court could reconsider after it hears from
      lawyers for the detainee, Falen Gherebi.

      O'Connor has jurisdiction over appeals from the San Francisco-based
      9th Circuit.

      Solicitor General Theodore Olson had asked the high court earlier
      Wednesday to block any developments in a class-action case over
      treatment of the Guantanamo detainees until the Supreme Court decides
      this year, in a separate case, whether Guantanamo detainees may
      contest their captivity in American courts.

      The government has been holding about 650 men, mostly Muslims,
      essentially incommunicado at the prison in Cuba.

      The military maintains that because the men were picked up overseas
      on suspicion of terrorism, they may be detained indefinitely without
      charges or trial.

      The Supreme Court announced in November that it would consider
      appeals on behalf of Guantanamo inmates. A month later, a panel of
      the 9th Circuit issued the ruling in favor of Gherebi, a Libyan
      captured in Afghanistan...

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