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Court gives public access to deportation hearing

Haddad case may yet go to Supreme Court. A federal appeals court dealt the federal government another setback Wednesday in its efforts to keep the public out of deportation hearings for people snared in the federal terrorism probe. In an order Wednesday, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected the Justice Department’s request that the entire court review last year’s decision by three of its judges allowing the press and the public to attend deportation hearings for jailed Muslim activist Rabih Haddad. The ruling resulted from a lawsuit filed by the Free Press and other Detroit-area newspapers seeking access to Haddad’s hearings. Wednesday’s decision contradicts another ruling by the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The 3rd Circuit ruled in October that the public can be kept out of immigration hearings resulting from the terror probe. Full Story

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