A group of defense lawyers representing former Guantanamo detainees are arguing that their clients should still be able to challenge their designation as enemy combatants in U.S. court, even though they have already been released from American custody.

The lawyers, led by Shayana Kadidal of the Center for Constitutional Rights, contend that many former Gitmo inmates have continued to suffer severe personal hardship since their release because the United States has not cleared their legal status. They claim their clients have a right to contest the enemy combatant label through habeas hearings, just as American convicts are often entitled to try and clear their records after being released from prison.