June 17, 2008
On June 12, the Supreme Court decided Munaf v. Geren. The Court held that the habeas statute confers jurisdiction on federal district courts to consider the habeas petitions of U.S. citizens asserted to have committed crimes in Iraq and detained by U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq pending a transfer to Iraqi authorities for trial or further proceedings following a vacated conviction in an Iraqi criminal court, but that the writ could not be invoked for the transfer of the detainees to Iraqi authorities and hence should have been promptly dismissed on the merits. George Mason University Law Professor Ron Rotunda discusses the case. In a separate SCOTUScast, University of Chicago Law professor Richard Epstein also discusses Munaf.
Oral Argument for Munaf v. Geren - March 25, 2008:
Decision for Munaf v. Geren - June 12, 2008: