Supreme Court Blocks Gitmo Detainees

Justices rule on police chases, patents; will hear Texas death-penalty case
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2007 2:04 PM CDT
A detainee looks through fencing inside a courtyard used for exercise periods at Camp 5 maximum security facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, in this June 26, 2006, file photo. David Hicks,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court will not hear the cases of two Guantanamo detainees who sought to challenge the government's policy on military tribunals, it announced today. But it will hear arguments this fall in the case of a Texas death row inmate, a Mexican national whose appeal was supported by the Bush administration and the Mexican government.

Three of the nine justices would have heard the Guantanamo case, but four votes are required. In a flurry of decisions, the high court also issued a significant ruling backing police involved in high-speed chases (and posted a video on its website showing the pursuit in question) and supported technology companies, including Microsoft and Intel, in two patent suits.