Judge Rejects Government Attempt to Limit Guantanamo Detainees' Access to Lawyers

Called the Obama administration's attempt an "illegitimate exercise of Executive power"


Using strong words, a federal judge has rejected the Obama administration's efforts to change the rules under which Guantanamo Bay detainees are represented by lawyers.

Denouncing what he called "an illegitimate exercise of Executive power," U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said in his 32-page ruling that an existing 2008 court order will continue to guide detainees' access to counsel, even in cases where there is not an active habeas corpus petition.