updated 6/26/2006 9:13:40 AM ET 2006-06-26T13:13:40

The Supreme Court may rule as early as today on a case that could determine the future of U.S. detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The court is considering a range of issues in the case of a former driver for Osama bin Laden, one of the ten detainees the Bush administration wants to put before a war crimes tribunal.

Salim Ahmed Hamdan is charged with conspiracy to commit terror acts against the U-S. His lawyer and those for other defendants say the tribunals would offer little legal protection and would be slanted for the government.

One of the issues the court is considering is whether President Bush had the authority to order the first American war crimes trials since World War Two. The president has suggested the high court's ruling will help him decide what to do with those ten detainees and the more than 400 others still held at Guantanamo.

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