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Court ends terror suspectís challenge
Court ends terror suspectís challenge
By Mark Sherman - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Mar 6, 2009 18:07:42 EST

WASHINGTON ó The Supreme Court bowed out Friday of deciding whether the president has the power to imprison people in the U.S. indefinitely without a trial ó avoiding a showdown the Obama administration did not want.

The court granted the administrationís request to dismiss the challenge to the presidentís authority from suspected al-Qaida sleeper agent Ali al-Marri, who was detained by the military for 5Ĺ years without charges.

The courtís order also wipes off the books the federal appeals court ruling al-Marri was challenging, which had affirmed the presidentís power to detain people in the United States without trial.

Al-Marri will be transferred to civilian custody as soon as next week to face criminal charges of providing material support for terrorism.

ďWe look forward to prosecuting this case in the criminal justice system and presenting the evidence for a jury to decide al-Marriís guilt or innocence,Ē Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said.


Rest of article at: http://armytimes.com/news/2009/03/ap_enemy_combatant_03...
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