Guantanamo Hits the Courts Again

In a change of heart, the Supreme Court decides to hear two prisoners' cases

Brennan Linsley / AP

A Guantanamo detainee, center, is escorted by U.S. military personnel on the grounds of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba on May 15, 2007.

Say this for the Roberts court: it knows how to pull off a surprise ending. The day after limiting hopes for school integration and mere hours from its summer recess, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review two cases involving detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba--cases it had rejected three months earlier.

It's the first time in roughly 60 years that the court has changed its mind in this way. The cases involve two groups of Guantánamo prisoners who argue for the right to fight their detentions before a federal judge. They asked the court to reconsider its refusal in April to...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!