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Legal News
12 Nov 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] did not violate the free speech rights of former agent Valerie Plame [JURIST news archive] when it prevented her from revealing certain classified information in her … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2009
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday ordered [order, PDF; memorandum opinion PDF] the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to release some files from its interview with former vice president Dick Cheney [BBC profile] over his role in … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] In one of his final acts as President of the United States, George W. Bush on Monday commuted the sentences [DOJ press release] of two former border patrol agents convicted of the shooting of a Mexican drug smuggler. The two former agents, Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos [advocacy … [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
12 Aug 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] the dismissal of a lawsuit against members of the Bush administration which was brought by Valerie Plame [Washington Post profile], the former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative whose disclosed identity precipitated the 2003 CIA leak … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan [appointment release] testified Friday that he was unaware of any criminal wrongdoing [hearing materials] by administration officials who leaked the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame [JURIST news archive]. Appearing before the US House Judiciary Committee [official website], McClellan said that he … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2008
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The District of Columbia Court of Appeals [official website] Thursday issued a disbarment order [PDF text] for former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [JURIST news archive], banning him from practicing law in the District of Columbia. The DC Bar's Board on Professional Responsibility [official site] found that Libby's … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] CIA Director Michael Hayden [official profile] appeared before a closed door session of the US House Intelligence Committee [official website] Wednesday to testify about the CIA's destruction of videotapes [JURIST news archive] allegedly showing the harsh interrogation of "high value" terror suspects. Committee members complained that Congress had not … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2007
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush granted pardons to 29 people on Tuesday, including some convicted for drug crimes, fraud, or kickback schemes. In addition, Bush reduced the sentence of another man who had been convicted for dealing crack cocaine. He did not pardon former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] CIA Director Michael Hayden [official profile] appeared before the US Senate Intelligence Committee [official website] in a closed session Tuesday to testify about the CIA's destruction of videotapes [JURIST news archive] allegedly showing the harsh interrogation of "high value" terror suspects. Panel members noted that major questions still remained … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Dec 2007

JURIST Contributing Editor Peter Shane of Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, says that last week's executive privilege ruling by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy shows that Congress has the stronger argument in its fight for White House documents on U.S. attorney firings, but that a rule of … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] A defense lawyer for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] said Monday that the former vice presidential chief of staff will drop his appeal of his conviction [JURIST reports] in the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive]. Libby was convicted in March of perjury and obstruction … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove [official profile] announced Monday that he will resign his position effective at the end of August [press conference transcript]. Rove said in an interview [text] with the Wall Street Journal that he first indicated last year that he planned to depart … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2007
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] US District Judge John Bates Thursday dismissed a lawsuit [opinion, PDF] against members of the Bush administration brought by Valerie Plame [Washington Post profile], the former CIA operative whose disclosed identity precipitated the 2003 CIA leak scandal [JURIST news archive], ruling that the court lacked jurisdiction over her tort … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] questioned President George W. Bush's determination that the 30-month prison sentence for former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] was "excessive" and therefore appropriate for commutation in a lengthy footnote to his memorandum opinion [PDF text] … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] House Judiciary Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) [official website] urged the White House Monday to waive executive privilege concerning its decision to commute the prison sentence for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive], saying that the House Judiciary Committee [official website] will hold a hearing Wednesday … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] President George W. Bush said Tuesday afternoon that, although he believed the jury verdict in the perjury case against former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] should stand, it was conceivable that he could pardon Libby in the future [transcript]. White House Press Secretary … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] US Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald [official website] has questioned President Bush's classification of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's 30-month sentence for perjury and obstruction of justice as "excessive" [statement], saying Monday that Libby's sentence "was imposed pursuant to the laws governing sentencings which occur every day throughout this country." Bush's … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush spared former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] from prison Monday, commuting his punishment [Grant of Executive Clemency; statement] to the $250,000 fine and the two years of supervised release ordered by the court. Bush said that although he … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday unanimously denied [order, PDF] a motion by former US vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] to delay his prison sentence [JURIST report] pending appeal. The appeals court found that Libby … [read more]

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