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Seth Waxman ’77JD

The Supreme Court’s June 12 decision in the case of Boumediene v. Bush was a victory for foreign detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay and a setback for the Bush administration and Congress. It was also a professional triumph for Seth Waxman ’77JD, the lawyer who argued the detainees’ case before the court. Waxman argued that his clients, six natives of Algeria arrested in Bosnia in 2001 over an alleged terror plot, were not enemy combatants and should have access to U.S. civilian courts. “These men have been held, taken by the United States, thousands of miles away—in the case of my six individuals, plucked from their homes, from their wives and children in Sarajevo,” Waxman said in his December 6 appearance before the court.

Waxman, a partner in the Washington, DC, firm Wilmer Hale, was U.S. Solicitor General in the Clinton administration.

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