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Academic Commentary
22 Dec 2014
by Sascha-Dominik Bachmann of Bournemouth University

JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann, of Bournemouth University in the UK, discusses the present use of incendiary weapons within its legal framework and why the use of such weapons is most likely to continue, as a response to Human Rights Watch's call to end incendiary weapon use in Ukraine and … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Top UN officials on Tuesday warned [UN News Centre report] the world of the growing crisis of Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder] in Iraq and urged the international community to take action in helping the Iraqi government transition towards democracy. The UN officials provided a report assessing the on … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

The invasion of Iraq was an initial military success and led to complete destruction of Saddam Hussein's regime. The military forces established the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) on April 21, 2003, citing UN Security Resolution 1483 as justification for its assumption of governmental control. Despite violence, the Interim Governing Council … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Dec 2010

JURIST Contributing Editor Geoffrey S. Corn, Lt. Col. US Army (Ret.) of South Texas College of Law, says that past actions of a former Army Colonel recently elected to Congress highlight the need for military leaders to look beyond the narrow tactical benefits of harsh measures, to their larger impact … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A Virginia military jury on Thursday acquitted US Navy SEAL [official website] Matthew McCabe on charges of assaulting a high-profile Iraqi detainee. Petty Officer 2nd Class McCabe was accused of punching Ahmed Hashim Abed, implicated in the killing of four American contractors in Fallujah [JURIST new archive] in 2004. … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2010
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] A Navy judge in Iraq acquitted US Navy SEAL [official website] Jonathan Keefe Friday of a charge of dereliction of duty in relation to the alleged assault of a high-profile Iraqi detainee implicated in the killing of four American contractors in Fallujah [JURIST new archive] in 2004, citing insufficient … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A US military judge ruled Monday that the trials for two Navy SEALs [official website] accused in the alleged assault of an Iraqi prisoner will be held on a US military base in Iraq in order for the alleged victim to be questioned in court. Petty Officer 2nd Class … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A jury of US Marines acquitted Sgt. Ryan Weemer [JURIST news archive] Thursday of one count of murder and one count of dereliction of duty for his involvement in the shooting death of a detained Iraqi insurgent during a Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-Iraq) [official website] November 2004 offensive in Fallujah … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Iraqi-born Dutch citizen Wesam al Delaema pleaded guilty [DOJ press release] Thursday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] to a charge of conspiracy to murder US nationals outside the United States [text]. Al Delaema is the first alleged insurgent in the Iraq war … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] The court-martial for US Marine Corp Sgt. Jermaine Nelson [JURIST news archive] has been scheduled for February 16, according to a Monday report in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The trial was scheduled to begin earlier this month, but a delay was granted following a ruling in which the court … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2008
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] US Marine Sgt. Jermaine Nelson [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Monday in a military court at Camp Pendleton to charges of unpremeditated murder [UCMJ Article 118 text] and dereliction of duty [UCMJ Article 92 text] in connection with the November 2004 killing of four detained Iraqi insurgents. Nelson … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] A US soldier and an Iraqi translator for the US military testified against Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner [defense website; JURIST news archive] as an Article 32 preliminary hearing [JAG backgrounder] concluded Sunday in Iraq [JURIST news archive]. Military prosecutors are seeking to court-martial Warner, of the Army's 1st … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The hearings for two US soldiers charged in connection with the death of an Iraqi detainee have been scheduled for September 11 and 20, representatives of the US military said [AFP report] on Thursday. Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner was charged [press release; JURIST report] in August with premeditated … [read more]


Legal News
29 Aug 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] A federal jury on Thursday acquitted former US Marine Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario Jr. [defense website; JURIST news archive] of voluntary manslaughter and other charges [JURIST report] in the first civilian trial for crimes allegedly committed by a member of the US military in Iraq. After six hours of … [read more]


Legal News
23 Aug 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] found two US Marines in contempt of court Friday after the two declined to testify against their former squad leader in a trial over the killing of Iraqi detainees during the Multinational Force-Iraq's November … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Jury selection began Tuesday in the the trial of a former US Marine who faces voluntary manslaughter charges [JURIST report] for alleged involvement in the deaths of four Iraqi civilians in 2004. Sergeant Jose Nazario cannot face trial by court-martial because he is no longer in the military, and is … [read more]


Legal News
17 Aug 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The US-led Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-Iraq) [official website] announced Saturday that the first hearing of a US soldier charged in connection with the death of an Iraqi detainee will begin on September 5 [press release]. Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner, who was stationed about 130 miles north of Baghdad, was … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The US-led Multi-National Force-Iraq [official website] announced Saturday that it has charged [press release] two US soldiers with premeditated murder, assault, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice in connection with the death of an Iraqi detainee. Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner and First Lt. Michael C. … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jul 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] A US district court judge Thursday released two US Marines who had previously been jailed for refusing to testify about the deaths of Iraqi detainees during the November 2004 offensive [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in Fallujah [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan G. Weemer [JURIST news archive] and … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] A US District Court Judge Thursday ordered US Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan G. Weemer [JURIST news archive] jailed for refusing to testify about the deaths of Iraqi detainees during the Multinational Force-Iraq's November 2004 offensive [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in Fallujah [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. Weemer reportedly refused to testify … [read more]

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