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Academic Commentary
13 Apr 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis and Clark Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin, of Lewis and Clark Law School, discusses the effectiveness of TSA screening policies and how those policies affect our privacy rights...In the fall of 2001, I went on the market to become a law professor, and I was fortunate enough to do a fair amount … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld the conviction and sentencing [opinion, PDF] of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for his attempted bombing on an American aircraft. Abdulmutallab was sentenced [JURIST report] to life in prison in February 2012 … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas [official website] sentenced [press release] a former Texas college student from Saudi Arabia to life in prison on Tuesday for trying to make a bomb for use in a jihad. One of Khalid Ali-M Aldawsar's possible … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Thursday sentenced [DOJ news release] Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to life imprisonment for his attempted bombing on an American aircraft. The 25-year old Nigerian national, who has been linked to al Qaeda, … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] to all counts of a criminal indictment charging him for his role in the attempted Christmas Day 2009 bombing of Northwest Airlines flight … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Jury selection began on Tuesday for terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the Nigerian accused of attempting to bring down a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit with a bomb in his underwear on Christmas Day, 2009. Abdulmutallab will stand trial for eight felony … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] ruled [case materials] Thursday that statements made by Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] while in the hospital following his alleged attempt to detonate a bomb on Northwest Airlines Flight … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday unanimously rejected [opinion, PDF] a constitutional challenge to the full-body scans conducted at airports by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) [official website]. The appeals court held that the use of full body scanners [TSA … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Texas legislature on Monday passed a pair of bills that criminalize enhanced airport security pat-downs if they involve touching a passenger's "private" areas. The Texas House of Representatives [official website] passed HB 41 [materials] while the Senate [official website] simultaneously passed SB 29 [materials], both seeking to reduce … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy websites] on Friday dropped a lawsuit [notice of dismissal, PDF] challenging the US government's Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) licensing scheme after the government changed the policy. The groups announced in August that they would … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], accused of attempting to set off an explosive device on a flight last December, was arraigned Thursday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website; case materials] on two new federal charges. A federal … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit [JURIST report] challenging the Obama administration's ability to conduct "targeted killings" in the case of radical Muslim cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] heard arguments Monday on the Obama administration's ability to conduct "targeted killings" in the case of radical Muslim cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Counsel for the plaintiffs, including … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] Yemeni prosecutors on Tuesday charged US citizen and radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], with incitement to kill foreigners. Awlaki, a suspected member of al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] who is believed to be hiding in Yemen, was charged [CNN report] in absentia. US officials have … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], accused of attempting to set off an explosive device on a flight last December, fired his lawyer on Monday and inquired about the process for pleading guilty. Abdulmutallab indicated to the US District Court for the Eastern District of … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday criticized [report, PDF; press release] methods used by the government of Yemen [JURIST news archive] in counter-terror operations as violations of human rights. In a report, "Yemen: Cracking Down Under Pressure," the rights group accused the government of perpetrating numerous human right … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday released a partially redacted opinion [text, PDF] on the habeas corpus petition of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Hussain Salem Mohammad Almerfedi [NYT report], which was granted by the court earlier this month [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The lack of a concrete legal mandate for the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) [official website], constant infighting within the intelligence community and an unprecedented expansion of resources and intelligence-gathering capacities following the 9/11 attacks [JURIST news archive] have created an unfocused and chaotic environment where intelligence efforts are … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday ordered the release of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Hussein Salem Mohammed [NYT profile]. The government had argued [Miami Herald report] that Mohammed was a supporter of al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] and … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion filed on behalf of the Nigerian government seeking to formally observe the trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], accused of attempting to set off an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 bound from Amsterdam to Detroit … [read more]

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