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Professional Commentary
26 Feb 2010

Eric Montalvo [Partner, Puckett and Faraj, PC]: "The careless approach to the issues surrounding all things Guantanamo Bay is an affront to the Constitution and the credibility of our legal institutions. As the most recent "flip flop" by Attorney General Holder regarding the prosecution of Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) demonstrates, … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] said Wednesday that the DOJ will limit prison restrictions on John Walker Lindh [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], a California man known as the "American Taliban." Lindh is serving a 20-year sentence in an Indiana federal prison after … [read more]

Legal News
2 Dec 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday held [opinion, PDF] in Associated Press v. United States Department of Justice that the petition for commuted sentence of charged Taliban supporter John Walker Lindh [CNN profile] falls under invasion-of-privacy exceptions to the Freedom of Information … [read more]

Legal News
5 Apr 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The family of John Walker Lindh [CNN profile; JURIST news archive] said Wednesday that a clemency petition has been filed on their son's behalf, seeking to reduce his 20-year sentence in light of the nine-month sentence handed down to Australian David Hicks [JURIST report] last week. Lindh, the American … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jan 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] The father of John Walker Lindh [CNN profile; JURIST news archive], the American caught fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, called on President Bush Thursday to grant his son clemency and commute his 20 year sentence in a speech to San Francisco's Commonwealth Club. Lindh, who was … [read more]

Legal News
21 Dec 2005
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] An attorney for John Walker Lindh [CNN profile], the American caught fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, said Tuesday that Lindh has again asked President Bush to commute his 20-year prison sentence [CNN report]. Lindh was sentenced in 2002 after reaching a plea agreement [PDF text] with … [read more]

Legal News
2 Dec 2004
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Sweden's Supreme Court Thursday reinstated the life sentence of the man convicted of murdering Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in a Stockholm department store last year. Mijailo Mijailovic received the life sentence in March, but an appeals court later overturned the sentence, saying that Mijailovic should be transferred to … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2004
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] A lawyer who claims she was forced out of her position with the US Department of Justice after questioning its handling of the John Walker Lindh case has sued the department for retaliating against her. Jesselyn Radack filed the suit Thursday, alleging that DOJ had destroyed internal e-mails she … [read more]

Legal News
29 Sep 2004
by Matt Lubniewski

Attorney General John Ashcroft rejected Wednesday a bid to commute the sentence of John Walker Lindh, an American caught fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan. Lindh pled guilty in 2002, and received a 20-year prison sentence. Lindh's attorney, who negotiated the original plea bargain, said the deal should be reconsidered … [read more]

Legal News
29 Sep 2004
by Maryam Shad

In Wednesday's US law and business press, Law.com has an Associated Press report that the AP and the Hattiesburg American have agreed to end their litigation against the US Marshals Service over the erasing of a speech by US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.... Law.com also features an Associated Press … [read more]

Legal News
28 Sep 2004
by Amit Patel

John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban", asked President Bush Tuesday to commute his 20-year prison sentence for aiding the Taliban. Lindh's lawyer, James Brosnahan, said Lindh was just a young man in the wrong place at the wrong time and that his sentence should be reduced in light of … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2003
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] In Tuesday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steve Levin notes that international law is often a casualty in wartime. University of Pittsburgh professor Jules Lobel is featured.... In the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Stephen Koff wonders whether the US violated the Geneva Conventions by photographing its blindfolded, shackled prisoners of the war on … [read more]

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