Lawyers for detainees at Guantánamo Bay are fighting the U.S. Department of Justice's attempt to push back filing deadlines because of the government shutdown. The detainees' lawyers say the case, a dispute over access to counsel, is too important to delay.
The government is appealing a federal district judge's order from July blocking the U.S. Department of Defense from requiring detainees to undergo groin searches before meeting with lawyers. U.S. District Senior Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington found the search policy was designed to actively discourage detainees from communicating with their lawyers.
On October 11, the government asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to extend its deadline for a brief due October 22, citing the Justice Department's limited operations during the shutdown. Today, lawyers for the detainees replied that they would agree to push back the deadline by a few days, but not to the degree the government wanted.