Last summer, the Supreme Court ruled that detainees held at Guantanamo have the right to appeal their detention in front of a federal judge. Since then, federal judges have decided the cases of 38 detainees, 30 of whom judges have ordered released. In the absence of a clear legal framework from Congress, those judges have functioned, "in essence, as the country's national security court," as ProPublica's Chisun Lee wrote.
(Here's our ongoing coverage of the detention dilemma.)
To help navigate the outcomes of those cases, we launched an online feature in July tracking each detainee's petition for freedom. We've now updated that feature, to include the judges' latest rulings on five additional detainees. Three of those detainees had their petitions denied.
The remaining two men -- Mohammed Al Adahi, of Yemen; and Fouad Al Rabiah, of Kuwait -- were ordered to be released. But they are unlikely to leave Guantanamo anytime soon. Of the 30 detainees who have been ordered released, the U.S. has actually released only 11 from custody.