Filing 537

MOTION for Order MOTION FOR LEAVE TO SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DECLARATION FOR IN CAMERA REVIEW by SAMIR LNU (Attachments: # 1 Notice Regarding Submission of Supplemental Declaration of James A. Nickovich For In Camera Review, # 2 Text of Proposed Order [Proposed] Order Granting Motion For Leave To Submit Supplemental Declaration For In Camera Review)(Nickovich, James)

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IN RE: GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEE LITIGATION Doc. 537 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IN RE: GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEE LITIGATION . . . Misc. No. 08-0442 (TFH) . . . Civ. No. 05-2386 (RBW) . . . . MOTION FOR LEAVE TO SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DECLARATION FOR IN CAMERA REVIEW I. INTRODUCTION Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c) and Civil Local Rule 5.1(j), counsel for Petitioner Samir Last Name Unknown, a/k/a Mohammed Noor Uthman, ISN 707, ("Petitioner" or "Mr. Uthman") makes this request for an order allowing leave to submit for in camera review a Supplemental Declaration in response to this Court's July 29, 2008 Order. II. FACTUAL BACKGROUND By Order dated July 29, 2008, this Court directed: All counsel in cases filed before May 19, 2008, in which the detainee is represented in the petition by a next friend, to file a signed authorization from the petitioner to pursue the action or a declaration by counsel that states that the petitioner directly authorized counsel to pursue the action and explains why counsel was unable to secure a signed authorization. To ensure compliance, we respectfully submitted the Declaration of James A. Nickovich on September 26, 2008. That declaration verifies that we are Petitioner's counsel per authorization we received from his Next Friend, Jamal al-Harith, and outlines our representation of Mr. Uthman before this Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ("D.C. Circuit"), and the Military Commissions. We also have been to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba ("GTMO") on behalf of our client. The facts surrounding that experience contain information protected by the attorney-client privilege. Those facts also relate to the information requested by this Court in the July 29, 2008 Order. Therefore, we are seeking leave to submit a short Supplemental Declaration in camera. III. ARGUMENT A. Good Cause Exists to Protect Petitioner's Attorney-Client Communications. Upon a showing of good cause, a court may make any order that justice requires to protect a party. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c). Here, we ask this Court to protect the Petitioner from a potential violation of the attorney-client privilege. The attorney-client privilege protects confidential communications between a client and an attorney from disclosure. See Clarke v. American Commerce Nat'l Bank, 974 F.2d 127, 129 (9th Cir. 1992). Good cause exists for this Court to grant the request. Petitioner seeks to submit in camera information that is confidential and protected by the attorney-client privilege. The one page Supplemental Declaration contains facts relating to the attorney-client relationship between counsel and Mr. Uthman and those facts are deserving of the protection sought. Absent such protection, counsel fears that Petitioner will be prejudiced in his pending matter before the Military Commissions. B. The Request is Narrowly Tailored. This request should be granted because it is narrowly tailored to cover only the specific facts that could jeopardize Petitioner's case before the Military Commissions. Indeed, counsel for Petitioner has publicly filed a lengthy declaration that does not contain confidential attorney-client information in response to the July 29, 2008 Order. IV. CONCLUSION For the reasons set forth above, counsel for Petitioner respectfully requests that this Court grant its request in the form of the [Proposed] Order filed herewith. Dated: September 26, 2008 San Francisco, California Respectfully submitted, By: /s/ JAMES A. NICKOVICH James A. Nickovich [See LCvR 83.2(g)] PERKINS COIE LLP Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 2400 San Francisco, California 94111-4131 Tel: (415) 344-7084 Fax: (415) 344-7284 Howard Ross Cabot [See LCvR 83.2(g)] PERKINS COIE BROWN & BAIN P.A. 2901 North Central Avenue, Suite 2000 Phoenix, Arizona 85012-2788 Tel: (602) 351-8235 Fax: (602) 648-7135 Attorneys for Petitioner Samir Last Name Unknown a/k/a Mohammed Noor Uthman ISN 707 LEGAL14704148.1

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