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Supreme Court denies case of a Guantanamo Bay detainee

SUPREME COURT (AP) - The Supreme Court is refusing to hear the case of a Guantanamo Bay detainee attempting to prove the military commission system trying him for war crimes isn't legal.

Salim Hamdan is accused of conspiracy and supporting terrorism. At one time, he was the driver for Osama bin Laden.

A year ago, the Supreme Court sided with his challenge of the military commission system created by President Bush after Nine-Eleven. The White House then persuaded the Republican-controlled Congress to pass a law approving the military commissions.

The detainee argues the newly enacted law violates his rights because it only allows for a narrow challenge if a defendant is found guilty. A federal judge ruled last December that he had no rights because he is an alien detained outside the U.S.

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