Noriega, the former Panama dictator who served time in the US for drug trafficking, had argued he should be returned to Panama rather than sent to France for prosecution there. The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear his case even though, one justice said, it could help to clarify the legal rights of Guantanamo terrorism suspects.
Obama signed the Military Commissions Act of 2009 Wednesday. Critics say it is an improvement over past efforts but still offers only second-class justice to Guantánamo detainees.
The date for closure is still January, but deciding which detainees are dangerous and which should be prosecuted is difficult.
Yasin Ismail's case highlights the difficulty of verifying conditions of confinement.
Experts say the ruling is 'a clear warning shot to the government' over Gitmo detention policies.
A mixed verdict against Salim Ahmed Hamdan has his defense lawyers preparing to appeal to federal civilian courts.
The jury in the Hamdan case gives a mixed result, but it's seen as a victory for Bush administration.
After issuing landmark ruling, the Supreme Court has yet to clarify the appeals process for more than 275 Guantanamo detainees.