UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
April 14, 2009
FAWZI KHALID A.F. AL ODAH, ET AL., PETITIONERS,
UNITED STATES, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Colleen Kollar-kotelly United States District Judge
On April 7, 2009, the Court ordered the parties to submit a Joint Status Report with a proposed schedule to brief various motions in anticipation of Petitioners' merits hearings. On April 10, 2009, the parties submitted a Joint Status Report with two proposed schedules and an explanation that they could not agree on one schedule. Having reviewed the Joint Status Report, the Court finds that Petitioners' proposed schedule is entirely unreasonable. Not only does their schedule fail to allow enough time for the parties to brief the approximately eight proposed pre-hearing motions, but it leaves the Court with less than one day to review oppositions prior to the Status Hearing scheduled for May 5, 2009 (and, quite obviously, leaves no time for Petitioners to file replies). In addition, Petitioners expressly contemplate the filing of a second round of motions after Respondents submit their pre-hearing materials on April 24, 2009 -- a date that Petitioners did not previously oppose -- which would leave insufficient time for Respondents to even file oppositions prior to the Court's Status Hearing and would create an inefficient second round of briefing.*fn1
Nevertheless, the Court is cognizant of the need to proceed with these cases as quickly and efficiently as possible. See Boumediene v. Bush, 128 S.Ct. 2229, 2275 ("[t]he detainees in these cases are entitled to a prompt habeas corpus hearing"). The Court finds that Respondents' proposed schedule, while more realistic than Petitioners' proposal, needlessly delays the filing of motions -- particularly because Petitioners and not Respondents contemplate filing the bulk of the motions. The Court shall therefore set a schedule for one round of motions briefing that takes into account both of the parties' proposals, as well as the need to move these cases along promptly but appropriately.
Accordingly, it is, this 14th day of April, 2009, hereby
ORDERED that the parties shall file all Motions in Limine*fn2 and the Legal Motions described in their April 10, 2009 Joint Status Report no later than May 4, 2009, with Oppositions due no later than May 15, 2009, and Replies, if any, due no later than May 22, 2009; it is further
ORDERED that Petitioners shall respond to Respondents' Memorandum Regarding the Government's Detention Authority Relative to Detainees Held at Guantanamo Bay no later than April 27, 2009, with a Reply due no later than May 4, 2009; it is further
ORDERED that the parties shall exchange proposed stipulations no later than May 25, 2009, shall respond to each other's proposed stipulations no later than May 29, 2009, and shall file a Joint Status Report with the Court indicating what stipulations have been reached, if any, no later than June 5, 2009; and it is further
ORDERED that the Court's May 5, 2009 Status Hearing is VACATED. The Court shall set a new date for the Status Hearing after reviewing the briefing associated with the parties' Motions, in all likelihood in early June.
Date: April 14, 2009