Printed on: April 22, 2014

Washington briefly


Clinton veteran now Obama's top lawyer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is naming a prominent white collar defense attorney and veteran of the Clinton White House as his new top lawyer. Neil Eggleston will replace Obama's long-time counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, who is leaving after three years in the job.

Eggleston gained distinction as a White House lawyer during congressional investigations into President Bill Clinton's Whitewater real estate transactions and the independent counsel probe into whether Clinton lied about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He also served as deputy chief counsel of the House special committee that investigated the Iran-Contra arms and money affair that ensnarled President Ronald Reagan.

High court rejects detainee's appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has declined another appeal from a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who argues that federal appellate judges in Washington are ignoring the high court's command that the detainees be given a meaningful opportunity to challenge their confinement.

Many foreign terror suspects have been held without charges at the U.S. naval base in Cuba for 12 years.

The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from Abdul al Qader Hussain of Yemen, who was captured in Pakistan and denies that he ever was affiliated with al-Qaida or the Taliban.