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Academic Commentary
20 Feb 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon discusses recent terrorism trials...On August 7, 1998, al Qaeda terrorists simultaneously attacked the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania with massive truck bombs, killing a combined 224 people and injuring thousands more. In retrospect, this was … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Adel Abdel Bary, a member of al Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) was sentenced [press release] to 25 years in prison Friday by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan. The Egyptian national pleaded guilty last September to threatening to kill, injure, intimidate, and damage and destroy property by … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense [official website] on Wednesday announced the transfer [press release] of Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainee Ahmed Belbacha to Algeria. Belbacha, a native Algerian who was detained in Pakistan in 2002, had been held at Guantanamo for 12 years without a trial or formal charges. Algeria … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Emad Abdullah Hassan filed a federal lawsuit [text, PDF] on Tuesday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] that challenges the force-feeding procedures at the Guantanamo Bay military prison. Hassan, who has been held in Guantanamo since 2002, alleges that he has been force-fed … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday asked [memorandum, PDF] the federal courts to dismiss a case brought by the Miami Herald [media website] demanding to know how much money the government spent to build a prison facility at Guantanamo. The news service requested this figure … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] said Tuesday that 2014 should be the year to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the US shifts away from a "permanent war footing." Obama first pledged to close the detention center five years ago, despite political opposition, and urged congress … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] issued a press release [text] Monday demanding the US close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, calling the prison's continued operation "a prime example of the USA's double standard on human rights." The report focuses heavily on the continued detention of individuals that have … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that a lower court was correct in dismissing the claim for damages brought by Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak Al Janko, a former Guantanamo detainee, on jurisdictional grounds. The court based its decision … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Dec 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Herman of the Brooklyn Law School says that the Second Circuit's Ghailani decision is both novel and disturbing because the court relied on the departure from one principle—detention for the purposes of interrogation—as justification or the departure from another principle—the right to a speedy trial ...My … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Nov 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeffrey Addicott of St. Mary's University School of Law says that the Second Circuit's opinion upholding the conviction of alien enemy combatant Ghailani offers a unique view into how a federal appeals court grapples with the legal complexities existing between law of war concerns and domestic criminal … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld the conviction [opinion, PDF] of ex-Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa. Ghailani had appealed his conviction on the premise that his constitutional rights to a speedy … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist John Bickers of Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law says that changes in the past decade have made the use of military commissions in the fight against al Qaeda both unnecessary and politically detrimental for the US, and argues that they should be abandoned … [read more]


Academic Commentary
21 Apr 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis, an Associate Professor of Law at University of Toledo College of Law, says that the recent response by the US to the Spanish torture case outlines the Obama Administration's approach to torture... Recently, the US response to the Spanish prosecutor in the Spanish torture … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday sentenced former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive] to life imprisonment for his role in the 1998 bombings [PBS backgrounder] of US embassies … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Friday denied a request [opinion, PDF] to throw out the conviction of former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive]. In his ruling, Judge Lewis … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Senate and the House of Representatives [official websites] on Wednesday gave final approval to a defense spending bill [HR 3082 materials] that includes a provision preventing Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees from being transferred to the US for trial. The legislation would block Khalid Sheikh Mohammed … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 212-206 [roll call vote] Wednesday in favor of a defense spending bill [HR 3082] that includes a provision preventing Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees from being transferred to the US for trial. The legislation would block Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC … [read more]


Academic Commentary
24 Nov 2010

JURIST Guest Columnists Lawrence Friedman and Victor Hansen of New England Law Boston say that the Ghailani trial demonstrated that, even without evidence obtained from questionable interrogation techniques used on terrorism suspects, the government can make and prove its case.... Last week, a federal jury in New York acquitted Ahmed … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Nov 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that while pundits on either side of the political spectrum may criticize the trial of or verdict against Ahmed Ghailani, the case shows that US civilian courts can provide justice even in cases of terrorism... An … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] The first civilian trial of an ex-Guantanamo detainee ended on Wednesday with the jury convicting [FBI press release] Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive] on only one of 285 counts of conspiracy, murder and attempted murder for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of US embassies [PBS … [read more]

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