The opinion of the court was delivered by: Emmet G. Sullivan United States District Judge
To the extent that this Order conflicts with any Order issued in this case on April 30, 2009, this Order supercedes the previous Order. Pursuant to the motions hearing held in open court on April 30, 2009, and upon consideration of a number of motions and pleadings pending before the Court, the oppositions thereto, and the replies in support thereof, and based on the Court's continuing efforts to provide the Petitioner with a timely resolution of his pending habeas corpus petition, while at the same time respecting and protecting any compelling national security interests, it is hereby
ORDERED that the government's ex parte motion for reconsideration regarding the government's obligation to produce certain exculpatory evidence related to the allegations withdrawn from the factual return is GRANTED. It is further
ORDERED that the government shall produce all discovery it has agreed to produce to the Petitioner, specifically, RFP Numbers 1 - 6, 8 - 10, 17 - 22, 26 - 42, 47, and 48. It is further
ORDERED that the information responsive to those discovery requests shall be produced on a rolling basis, but that production shall conclude by no later than May 30, 2009, the date suggested by the government. The Court accepts counsel's representations that the government is working in good faith to provide the relevant discovery as quickly as possible. It is further
ORDERED that the government shall conduct a search of all reasonably available databases and sources of information for exculpatory and/or impeachment evidence pertaining to all fact witnesses relied upon by the government in its factual return. The search must include the databases referenced in Mr. Terry Henry's March 27, 2009 Declaration, and any additional reasonably available databases or sources where the information would likely be found. The production must also include any exculpatory and/or impeachment information discovered by the government attorneys while preparing the factual return and while litigating habeas corpus petitions filed by other detainees at Guantanamo Bay, as well as any evidence discovered during the ongoing review of Guantanamo cases ordered by President Obama on January 22, 2009. Exculpatory evidence includes, but is not limited to, evidence that casts doubt on a speaker's credibility, evidence that undermines the reliability of a witness's identification of the petitioner, and/or evidence that indicates a statement is unreliable because it is the product of abuse, torture, and/or mental or physical incapacity. It is further
ORDERED that the exculpatory and/or impeachment evidence regarding the government's fact witnesses shall be produced by no later than May 30, 2009. In order to carry out the Court's judicial obligations to determine the lawfulness of Petitioner's detention, the Court must evaluate the credibility and reliability of the government's evidence relied upon to justify his detention. The government filed its factual return in August 2008, which included information from several fact witnesses. The government was ordered to produce exculpatory evidence in October 2008. There have been countless discussions, motions, and orders pertaining to the production of exculpatory evidence since that time. Moreover, some exculpatory evidence pertaining to these fact witnesses has been produced in other habeas cases. Therefore, it is reasonable to require the production of all such information by May 30, 2009. It is further
ORDERED that with respect to RFP Numbers 11 - 15 and 43 -45, the government shall certify to the Court by no later than May 30, 2009, that an appropriate official(s) with the requisite understanding of the law and facts pertaining to this case has reviewed the unredacted documents and determined that there is no additional information in the documents that is relevant to Petitioner's case. Any relevant information shall be produced to the Petitioner's counsel by no later than May 30, 2009. It is further
ORDERED that by no later than May 30, 2009, the evidence requested in RFP Numbers 16, 23 - 25, and 49 shall be produced or made available for inspection if it is in the government's possession. It is further
ORDERED that any remaining RFPs are DENIED without prejudice subject to a motion for reconsideration setting forth the specific reasons that Petitioner believes the requested information is critical to a merits determination and, if appropriate, a proffer as to why the Petitioner has a good faith basis to believe such evidence exists. Petitioner is cautioned that any such motion will almost certainly result in a delay of the merits hearing date established by this Order. It is further
ORDERED that any motions for reconsideration of this Order shall be filed by May 8, 2009, responses by May 13, 2009, and replies by May 15, 2009. It is further
ORDERED that the procedural and legal framework for the merits hearing will be as follows:
1. The government bears the burden of proof by a preponderance of the evidence that the Petitioner's detention is lawful.
2. There will be a rebuttable presumption of authenticity as to any statements or documentary evidence the government presents if the government establishes that the presumption is necessary to alleviate an undue burden presented by this particular case. ...