UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
June 22, 2009
FAWZI KHALED 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
ORDER REGARDING MERITS HEARING PROCEDURES (June 22, 2009)
Upon consideration of the parties' Proposed Procedures for Petitioners' Merits Hearings filed on June 19, 2009, it is, this 22nd day of June, 2009, hereby
ORDERED that the Court shall adopt the parties' proposal for opening statements. Accordingly, the parties shall begin with unclassified opening statements, with Respondents presenting their unclassified opening statement first. The parties shall then present classified opening statements, with Respondents presenting their classified opening statement first. Petitioner shall be responsible for translators and Respondents shall be responsible for all other logistical arrangements necessary so that Petitioner may listen to the unclassified opening statements;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Court shall adopt the parties' proposal for closing statements. Accordingly, the parties shall present their closing statements in closed court. Respondents shall present their closing argument first, followed by Petitioner. Respondents shall be allowed to make a rebuttal closing argument;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the parties shall confer with respect to the contested issues that they expect to present during the merits hearing, and shall submit a Joint List of Contested Issues to the Court on the date that the parties shall make their final pre-hearing submissions. For Petitioner Al Mutairi, the Joint List of Contested Issues shall be due on June 29, 2009. For Petitioner Al Odah, the Joint List of Contested Issues shall be due on July 13, 2009;
AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Court shall make a final determination with respect to the format the parties shall follow during the presentation of evidence after reviewing the submission of the parties' Joint List of Contested Issues.
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