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Legal News
31 Oct 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that juvenile murderers who were subject to mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole will not be resentenced if their cases were final before June 2012. The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [JURIST report] last year in … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A California federal judge was appointed Thursday to hear the trial of Arizona shooting [NYT backgrounder] suspect Jared Loughner. Judge Alex Kozinski [official biography] of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] appointed Judge Larry Burns [Judgepedia profile] of the US District Court for … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] US Army Master Sgt. John Hatley [JURIST news archive] was convicted of murder and conspiracy in court-martial proceedings Wednesday for the killing of four unarmed Iraqi prisoners [NYT report] in 2007 and sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. Hatley was acquitted of obstruction of justice and also … [read more]

Legal News
13 Apr 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. John Hatley [JURIST news archive] entered a plea of not guilty to murder charges at his court-martial on Monday for the killing of four unarmed Iraqi prisoners [NYT report] in 2007. Hatley, along with Sgt. Michael Leahy, Jr. and Sgt. 1st Class John Mayo, was charged … [read more]

Legal News
30 Mar 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] A US Army [official website] sergeant was convicted Monday and sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing four unarmed Iraqi prisoners [NYT report] in 2007. Sgt. First Class Joseph Mayo, formerly of the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry [official website] and two other soldiers were charged in September [JURIST … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Thursday sentenced former CIA executive director Kyle Foggo [JURIST news archive] to 37 months in prison for wire fraud related to charges that he accepted bribes in return for granting federal defense contracts. Foggo was originally … [read more]

Legal News
22 Feb 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr. [JURIST news archive] was convicted Friday on charges [JURIST report] stemming from the 2007 deaths of four Iraqi detainees, and was given a life sentence at a court-martial at a US military base in Germany. Leahy will have a possibility of parole after … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] A military judge ruled that a US Army sergeant may testify for the prosecution against Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr., who is charged [JURIST report] in connection with the killing of four Iraqi prisoners, as court-martial proceedings began Tuesday. Staff Sgt. Jess Cunningham will be allowed to testify [AP report], … [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]

Legal News
24 Dec 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] US President W. George Bush on Tuesday issued presidential pardons [DOJ materials] to 19 people convicted of crimes that ranged from drug trafficking to forging US Treasury checks. Among those pardoned was Charles Thompson Winters, who was convicted of exporting military aircraft to Israel in 1948 in violation of … [read more]

Professional Commentary
10 Dec 2008

Melanie Sloan [Executive Director, CREW]: "Federal prosecutors face some difficult hurdles in making a criminal case against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The first half of the criminal complaint against the governor involves allegations of a "pay to play" system. Forty of the seventy-six pages in the complaint detail the governor's … [read more]

Legal News
24 Nov 2008
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] Many convicted felons, including several well-known figures, are seeking clemency from US President George W. Bush before he leaves office, according to a Washington Post report Monday. Among those said to have applied are financier Michael Milken [Forbes profile; personal website], former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham [JURIST report] and … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2008
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr. will face a court-martial for his alleged role in the killings of four Iraqis in April 2007 [NY Times report], after waiving his right to an Article 32 hearing [JAG backgrounder] Wednesday. In September, Leahy, Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Mayo, and Sgt. John … [read more]

Legal News
30 Sep 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] Former CIA executive director Kyle Foggo [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Monday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to one count of wire fraud [18 USC s. 1343 text] relating to charges that he accepted bribes in return for granting federal defense contracts. Foggo … [read more]

Professional Commentary
8 Jul 2008

Gregg Cunningham [Director, Center For Bio-Ethical Reform]: "Why does it matter that hecklers be denied a veto over offensive speech? Social injustice will always flourish where it is ignored and trivialized. Oppressors are most ruthless when their abuses can be concealed. It is, therefore, the responsibility of social reformers to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 May 2008

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Faisal Joseph, counsel for a group of Canadian law students who recently filed human rights complaints against the Canadian newsmagazine Maclean's for its refusal to publish a response to a string of articles allegedly targeting Muslim Canadians, says that a gaping hole in the Ontario Human … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile] said Thursday he would personally ensure that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) does not bow to political pressure as it prosecutes government officials for corruption. In a speech [text; recorded audio] to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Mukasey said:Public corruption … [read more]

Legal News
12 Mar 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] Tuesday voted 229-182 [roll call] to pass a resolution [HRES 895 materials] creating an independent ethics panel to investigate allegations of malfeasance against House lawmakers. The Office of Congressional Ethics will consist of six non-House members of "exceptional public standing." This represents … [read more]

Legal News
19 Feb 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] US District Judge Larry Burns sentenced former US defense contractor Brent Wilkes [SourceWatch profile; JURIST news archive] to 12 years in federal prison Tuesday for bribing now-former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham [official profile] in exchange for almost $90 million in Pentagon work. Wilkes was convicted [JURIST report] in November … [read more]

Legal News
6 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] A federal jury sitting in San Diego Monday convicted former US defense contractor Brent Wilkes of 13 felonies, including money laundering, fraud and conspiracy, in connection with bribes he paid to disgraced former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham [official profile]. Wilkes pleaded not guilty to all charges, but the jury … [read more]

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