Candace Gorman

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H. Candace Gorman is a Chicago, Illinois-based attorney best known for representing two Guantanamo detainees. Her father, Robert J. Gorman, was also an attorney with a practice in Chicago.

Gorman has been part of an effort organized by the Center for Constitutional Rights to provide pro bono lawyers for the detainees the United States took in the "war on terror", and has held in its Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1] Two of her clients are Abdel Hamid Ibn Abdussalem Ibn Mifta Al Ghazzawi and Abdal Ali Razak.[2]

Gorman and fellow habeas corpus attorney Anant Raut were two of the first people to dispute the Bush administration's charge that approximately 30 former Guantanamo detainees had returned to the battlefield, a claim later substantiated by researchers at Seton Hall Law School.[3]

Ms. Gorman has brought suit, together with other attorneys representing Guantanamo detainees, against the National Security Agency in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that certain documents pertaining to alleged electronic surveillance were not produced following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.[4] In June, 2008, the Court granted The National Security Agency's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment as to FOIA Request No. 1, holding that the NSA was not required to comply with the Plaintiffs', one of whom is Ms. Gorman, request under FOIA.


  1. H. Candace Gorman (December 12, 2006). "Reporter Envy (Or Why a Guantánamo Attorney Dreams of Being a Reporter)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  2. H. Candace Gorman (2008-08-07). "PETITIONER ABDAL RAZAK ALI’S ATTORNEY AUTHORIZATION". United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  3. Mark Denbeaux et al. (June 2008). "Justice Scalia, the Department of Defense, and the Perpetuation of an Urban Legend: The Truth About Recidivism of Released Guantanamo Detainees". Seton Hall University School of Law. Retrieved 2012-07-19.  mirror
  4. Mark Hamblett (2008-07-03). "Firms' Request for NSA Records of Guantanamo Client Communications Dismissed". New York Law Journal. Retrieved 2008-09-07.  mirror

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