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Attorneys representing detainees held at Guant�namo Bay Naval Base have responded to the government’s seizure of 1,100 pounds of attorney-client material last month as part of a probe of three prisoner suicides, urging the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to sanction the government for its actions. “Seizure of legal papers is particularly egregious because it strikes at the heart of the attorney-client relationship and interferes with the inmate’s access to the court,” Guant�namo attorneys, led by David Remes of Covington & Burling, argued in a brief filed July 18. The government has proposed the creation of “filter teams” to sift through all the material for any evidence of a broader suicide plot. Although the two sides met for mediation with Magistrate Judge Alan Kay on July 19, no concrete decisions emerged. At least some prisoners, however, learned that they would receive some relief from the government’s proposal to sift through the material. The government filed a motion in 41 cases to withdraw its proposed search because it found that “petitioners have not had attorney-client materials impounded” or because the government was “unable to identify petitions as detainees currently detained at Guant�namo.”
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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