The Supreme Court has refused to step into the case of an alleged former Nazi death camp guard who is fighting the U.S. government's effort to deport him.

John Demjanjuk, who lives in the Cleveland suburb of Seven Hills, contends that he served in the Soviet Army, was captured by Germany in 1942 and became a prisoner of war.

In January, a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected Demjanjuk's challenge to the deportation order, issued in 2005. On Monday, Demjanjuk's name was on a list of petitioners to the Supreme Court who were unsuccessful in getting the justices to hear their cases.

The deportation order would send Demjanjuk to Germany, Poland or his native Ukraine.

The case is Demjanjuk v. Mukasey, 07-10487.