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Professional Commentary
6 Feb 2015
by Raymond J. Toney of Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney

JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney of the Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney discusses recent changes to the US military's records review process ...Since the 1989 decision of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Kreis v. Secretary of the Air Force, in which … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Dec 2014
by Jordan Paust of University of Houston Law Center

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the recently released Senate Torture Report ... The recently released Torture Report of the Senate Intelligence Committee adds another layer of proof of serial international criminality that was manifestly authorized and/or facilitated by Bush, Cheney, Rice, Gonzales, … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] Spanish judge Eloy Velasco on Friday set a March 1 deadline for the US government to indicate whether Guantanamo abuse allegations will be investigated by US lawyers before deciding whether to allow a controversial lawsuit against former Bush administration officials to move forward. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2009 … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) [advocacy websites] filed a joint expert opinion [text, PDF] Tuesday urging a Spanish court to open an investigation into six former Bush administration officials for their roles in the torture [JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Spanish National Court judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will begin an inquiry into the suspected torture and ill-treatment of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], Spanish media reported [El Pais report] Saturday. The inquiry follows claims made by several Spanish groups - including the … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] A coalition of progressive organizations Monday filed disciplinary complaints with five state bar associations seeking the disbarment [materials] of 12 former US government officials associated with the legal rationales behind the Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation techniques [JURIST news archive]. Complaints filed by the Velvet Revolution [advocacy website] … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 May 2009

JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that former Vice President Dick Cheney's statements about his direct involvement in the authorization of unlawful interrogation tactics such as waterboarding are clear evidence of complicity in international crime, if not also participation in a criminal conspiracy, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 May 2009

JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's latest statements on waterboarding indicate her complicity in unlawful interrogation, and that she and others in the "inner circle" of the Bush administration should be held legally accountable under the … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] A Spanish judge has said that he will ask the US if it plans to prosecute six US officials for allegedly contributing to torture at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST report] before deciding whether to open an investigation in Spain. Judge Eloy Velasco of Spain's Audiencia Nacional on Monday requested [text, … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Spanish judge Baltazar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday decided [writ, PDF, in Spanish] to initiate an investigation into torture allegations at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] made by four former prisoners held at the facility. Garzon said he based his decision on statements from Hamed Abderrahman … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 Apr 2009

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law says that President Obama's expressed intent to immunize CIA employees who violated US laws banning torture and cruel treatment while interrogating prisoners breaches the President's constitutional duty to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed" and warrants the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Crusading Spanish judge Baltazar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has asked prosecutors to examine [AFP report] the US lawyers reportedly behind the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention center, Spanish media reported Saturday. Garzon's request comes after a criminal complaint [text, PDF, in Spanish] was … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Jan 2009

JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that President Barack Obama should follow up his executive order banning torture and inhumane interrogation by fulfilling treaty-based and customary international legal obligations to either initiate prosecution of or to extradite all persons - including high US … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued decisions in five cases Wednesday. The Court ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Pearson v. Callahan [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the test for whether a government official is entitled to qualified immunity, established by the Court in 2001 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Nov 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Erlinder of William Mitchell College of Law, says that the recent conviction of "Chuckie" Taylor suggests that President-elect Obama has a chance to demonstrate, by example, what the Rule of Law and "equality before the law," means to the new administration…and to him... During the run-up … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call] Wednesday in two cases, including Waddington v. Sarausad [Cornell LII backgrounder; merit briefs], 07-772, in which the Court will consider whether a ruling [PDF text] by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit … [read more]


Academic Commentary
25 Sep 2008

JURIST Guest Columnists Victor Hansen and Lawrence Friedman of New England School of Law say that if Vice President Dick Cheney is permitted to avoid the requirements of the Presidential Records Act, the door is left open for a future administration to create a shadow government within the executive branch, … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft [official profile] testified [C-Span video, flash; prepared statement, PDF] before the House Judiciary Committee [official website] Thursday, defending advice the Department of Justice (DOJ) gave the Bush administration on the legality of certain interrogation methods used on terrorism suspects. Ashcroft had been called before … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush [official profile] invoked executive privilege Wednesday to prevent members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform [official website] from obtaining an FBI report on an interview with Vice President Dick Cheney concerning the Valerie Plame CIA leak scandal [JURIST news archive]. The Committee had … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] has issued a subpoena [text, PDF; press release] to Attorney General Michael Mukasey for documents relating to the Valerie Plame leak scandal [JURIST news archive] and other Committee investigations. The Committee specifically requested transcripts of interviews with US President George W. Bush, … [read more]

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