By William Fisher
President Barack Obama has ordered the Navy’s prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by next January, suspended Military Commission trials, and assigned Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct case-by-case reviews of the 241 prisoners still detained there to determine which ones should be prosecuted, released or sent to other countries. Yet the Obama Defense Department is still trying to recruit lawyers to defend its detentions.
In a ”help wanted” ad circulated through the American Bar Association, the Pentagon (DOD) offering $39,407– $130,211 a year for lawyers who will help respond to habeas corpus petitions filed by detainees in federal courts.
Habeas Corpus petitions challenge the government’s right to imprison them. That right was granted to the detainees in a landmark Supreme Court decision in June 2008.