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Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US government's case against five Guantanamo Bay detainees will continue to move forward after a US military judge on Thursday determined that one of the defendants may not fire his defense lawyer [transcript, PDF]. US military judge James Pohl ruled that Walid Bin Atash did not show good … [read more]

Student Commentary
26 Mar 2015
by B. Shaw Drake and Mai El-Sadany of Georgetown University Law Center
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnists B. Shaw Drake and Mai El-Sadany, Georgetown University Law Center, Class of 2015, discuss the military's violations of the due process of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay since 9/11...On March 18th President Obama said if he could relive his first day in office he would have closed Guantanamo … [read more]

Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday rescinded a new rule that required military judges presiding over war crimes tribunals at the US Navy base in Guantanamo Bay to relocate to Cuba. The DOD claimed that the rule was enacted, in part, to help speed up … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A military judge on Wednesday halted proceedings in the 9/11 terrorism case due to a new Defense Department [official website] rule that forces judges to relocate to Guantanamo Bay. In December military commission judges were directed to move to Guantanamo at the request of a Pentagon legal official in … [read more]

Student Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by B. Drake Shaw of Georgetown University Law Center
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist B. Shaw Drake, Georgetown University Law Center, Class of 2015, discusses how the use of torture may be counterproductive to American military efforts...As a Case Management Coordinator at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, I have seen first-hand the devastating impact of torture. My former clients … [read more]

Legal News
14 Apr 2014
by Daniel Mullen

Army Col. James Pohl [JURIST news archive], the military judge presiding over the trials of those accused of involvement with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, halted a hearing [trial transcript, PDF] on Monday following accusations that the FBI [official website] was spying on attorneys for one of the accused. Defense attorneys … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Mar 2014
by Ramzi Kassem of CUNY School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Ramzi Kassem of the CUNY School of Law argues that a notice of warrantless wiretapping could lead to the reopening of criminal cases ...Late February brought some downright fascinating developments in the Agron Hasbajrami case. Hasbajrami had pleaded guilty in April 2012 before a federal judge in … [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
22 Oct 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged the US to conduct a thorough, impartial and independent investigation into allegations that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] drone strikes have resulted in recent civilian casualties in Pakistan. AI reviewed [report, PDF] more than 50 reported US drone strikes in … [read more]

Academic Commentary
2 Aug 2013

JURIST Guest Columnists Douglas Cox and Ramzi Kassem, Associate Professors at the City University of New York School of Law say that the National Security Council needs to return to previous levels of oversight and legal restriction... In yet another troubling illustration of government secrecy and evasion of accountability, the … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

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]

20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

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
16 Oct 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Five men accused of planning the 9/11 attacks [JURIST report] do not have to attend [DOD press release] court proceedings against them, a military judge ruled Monday. Army Col. James Pohl ruled that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [JURIST news archive], Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul … [read more]

Legal News
11 Apr 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The chief US military judge at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] assigned himself [memorandum, PDF] on Monday to preside over the tribunals of five alleged plotters of the 9/11 terror attacks [JURIST backgrounder]. Army Col. James Pohl scheduled the hearing for May 5, only a few days after the one-year … [read more]

Legal News
4 Apr 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] referred charges [press release] to a military commission on Wednesday against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and four other alleged 9/11 conspirators being held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounders]. Mohammed, along with Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin 'Attash, Ramzi … [read more]

Legal News
3 Feb 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Lawyers for two Guantanamo prisoners accused of planning the 9/11 attacks [JURIST backgrounders] asked the Pentagon Thursday to extend the filing deadline for pre-trial motions. There are currently two prisoners requesting extension, and they both cite the recent mail review controversy as to why they have been unable to … [read more]

Legal News
22 Sep 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeals [official website] ruled Thursday that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey [official website] was not liable [text, PDF] for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center (WTC), finding governmental immunity. The plaintiffs argued that the operation of the parking … [read more]

Legal News
31 May 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Tuesday announced that military prosecutors have sworn charges [press release] against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and four other alleged 9/11 conspirators being held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The DOD said Mohammed along with Muhammad Salih … [read more]

Legal News
6 Aug 2010
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] transferred several high-profile prisoners to Guantanamo Bay to await trial in 2003, only to transfer them back into the CIA's network of secret prisons [JURIST news archives] so they would not be entitled to lawyers and access to US courts, the Associated … [read more]

Professional Commentary
1 Mar 2010

Joshua L. Dratel [Senior Fellow for Legal Research, Center on Law and Security, NYU Law School]: "The advantages of federal criminal trials over military commissions for terrorist prosecutions are certainly too numerous to list in a few short paragraphs. However, seeking to avoid redundancy, there are three that merit mention, … [read more]

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