Judge: Gitmo Attorney-Client Rules Won't Change

Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia refused to change the rules that have long governed communication and meetings between Guantanamo Bay detainees and their lawyers, in an opinion Thursday. Lamberth ruled against an attempt by the U.S. Justice Department to put more control in the hands of the Defense Department over counsel-access issues in certain cases. DOJ lawyers argued that a ruling in favor of the detainees and their lawyers would amount to a permanent injunction and a violation of the separation of powers doctrine. The executive branch, DOJ lawyers said, has the right to control access to Guantanamo and to control classified information. Lamberth said the government's "objection does not pass the smell test." The Blog of Legal Times has the story