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Features
20 Jul 2013

President Obama advocated for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and civilian trials for the alleged 9/11 conspirators since his election in 2008. Despite initial progress and attempts to release or transfer detainees to third party countries, as of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, the facility … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

D uring his 2008 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama began advocating the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and holding civilian trials for detainees. Soon after his November 2008 election, reports revealed that Obama's advisers had already begun working on a legal strategy to try large numbers of Guantanamo … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] released information Friday on hundreds of people tried and convicted in federal courts on charges related to international terrorism since 9/11. The National Security Division (NSD) [official website] chart [text, PDF] has been maintained since the September 2001 attacks [JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2010
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] on Tuesday defended his intention to try suspected terrorists, including accused 9/11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC Profile; JURIST news archive] in civilian criminal court. Holder faced numerous questions on the issue while testifying [video; prepared testimony, PDF] before a House Appropriations … [read more]


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
17 Jan 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] A Spanish lawmaker Saturday expressed anger over the use of his image as a basis for an FBI mock-up [Rewardsforjustice.net reward poster] of Osama bin Laden [JURIST news archive], saying he would like a formal explanation and may file a lawsuit. The FBI admitted to using an image [CNN … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jan 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] the conviction and life sentence of 9/11 [JURIST news archive] conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Moussaoui's lawyers had requested that his guilty plea and be withdrawn and a new trial … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday ordered new arguments [PDF] in the case of convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The court is rehearing the case due to the retirement of Chief Judge Karen Williams, who heard oral arguments … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Thursday reaffirmed [speech transcript] his commitment to closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility while upholding the rule of law by trying some detainees in federal courts and others in modified military commissions [JURIST news archives]. In a speech focusing on national security … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2009
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Monday heard oral arguments by lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], requesting Moussaoui's guilty plea and life sentence [JURIST reports] be withdrawn and a new trial be granted. The lawyers argued that Moussaoui's Fifth … [read more]


Professional Commentary
11 Aug 2008

Deborah Colson [Senior Associate, Law & Security Program, Human Rights First]: "Last Wednesday, a panel of six military officers returned a split verdict in the military commission trial of Salim Hamdan, convicting Mr. Hamdan of material support for terrorism but acquitting him of the more serious offense of conspiracy. Mr. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] US prison officials said Friday that convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] will serve his approximately 17-year term at a "supermax" federal prison in Colorado. The maximum-security facility located in Florence [official website] also holds "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski, Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, and September 11 … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] had his rights violated when a federal judge mandated secrecy rules that prevented his lawyers from showing him classified evidence, according to a brief [PDF text] asking for Moussaoui's guilty plea to be overturned. In the brief, filed in January but recently unsealed, lawyers … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] Lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] said their client's guilty plea and life prison sentence should be overturned because his constitutional rights were violated, according to court papers released Friday. The 207-page brief filed in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] asks that … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] US District Judge Richard W. Roberts Thursday extended the deadline [order, PDF] for the government to comply with an order [PDF text, JURIST report] issued last month requiring it to submit a report to the court by February 14 detailing why the CIA destroyed videotapes showing the interrogation of … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The federal judge presiding over the trial of 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] was seeking information about the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] around the time the CIA destroyed videotapes of the interrogations [JURIST news archive] of terror suspects, including Zubaydah, according to … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] US District Judge Richard W. Roberts on Thursday ordered [PDF text] the government to submit a report to the court by February 14 detailing why the CIA destroyed videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive], whether other evidence connected to a Guantanamo Bay detainee's lawsuit may … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] John Rizzo, the acting general counsel of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website], said Wednesday that the former head of the clandestine branch of the CIA Jose Rodriguez ordered the destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive] against the direction of superiors, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] US House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) [official website] sent a letter [text] Tuesday to Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile] urging him to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations that the US Central Intelligence Agency ordered the destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the clandestine branch of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] who ordered the destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive], will not appear at a closed congressional hearing later this week, his lawyer said Monday, indicating … [read more]

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