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It will be a packed house Dec. 5 when the Supreme Court hears arguments in Boumediene v. Bush, the latest assertion of habeas corpus rights for Guant�namo detainees. Three sets of petitioners have filed briefs, along with more than 30 amicus briefs on both sides. Among those attending: 15 University of Texas School of Law students who worked on detainee Khalid al-Odah’s brief through the school’s brand-new National Security and Human Rights clinic. “This is a really defining moment in our history,” says UT prof Kristine Huskey. “The students are very excited.” Huskey is a veteran advocate for the detainees — yes, there are such lawyers — first at Shearman & Sterling in D.C. under mentor Thomas Wilner, and then at American University’s Washington College of Law. She moved to Texas earlier this year. All eyes will be on Justice Anthony Kennedy as the potential deciding vote, Huskey says. “These cases are about the structure of our democracy, the structure of our Constitution.”
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