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Yale Law School Students Fighting for Justice for Guantánamo Detainees

The following story, "Yale Law School Students Fighting for Justice for Guantánamo Detainees," was published in the Yale Bulletin & Calendar on April 3, 2009. It was written by Susan Gonzalez.

When he was first given an opportunity to see evidence against his client, Yale law student Joseph Pace '10 thought he might find what lawyers normally dread: proof of guilt.

But in this case, his client — a middle-aged citizen of Algeria named Mammar Ameur — had already been imprisoned for six years without ever being charged with a crime.

Like the hundreds of other detainees at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, Ameur had been labeled by the U.S. government as an "enemy combatant" — a categorization that allowed him to be held indefinitely without charge as part of the Bush administration's controversial policy on suspected terrorists.

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