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Legal News
16 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] CACI International Inc. "CACI" [corporate website], a US military defense contractor, has filed suit against former detainees of Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] seeking legal expenses after a group of four plaintiffs filed lawsuits [CCR materials] against CACI in 2009, accusing the company of crimes against humanity, sexual assault, … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

The Iraq War was plagued with accusations of war crimes and atrocities, aimed at the different parties and countries involved in the conflict. The bulk of those claims revolved around the actual combat between US, Iraqi and guerrilla forces. However, the specter of war crimes infiltrated the war early in … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A military contractor that was accused in a lawsuit by former detainees of the Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] prison of conspiring to torture detainees has paid $5.28 million to detainees held at the prison and other US detention centers in Iraq. The detainees filed suit against two military … [read more]

Legal News
13 May 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] A 14-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled 12-2 [opinion, PDF] Friday that the earlier dismissal [JURIST report] of lawsuits against two Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] contractors on the grounds that they have immunity as government contractors was premature. … [read more]

Legal News
22 Sep 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday dismissed two cases filed by former Iraqi detainees who claimed they had been tortured by civilian contractors at the Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] near Baghdad. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 to dismiss both cases, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
11 Sep 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that despite the plethora of legal and cultural changes that have occurred in the US since September 11, 2001, international law remains the same as it was a decade ago, and that the changes which have … [read more]

Legal News
7 Aug 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The convicted ringleader of abuses committed at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in Baghdad was released Saturday after serving more than six-and-a-half years of his 10-year sentence. Army Spc. Charles Graner [JURIST news archive], who was being held at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, was released … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Australia played a larger role than previously thought in the abuses of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in Iraq, according to Australia Defense Force (ADF) [official website] documents obtained by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre [advocacy website] through freedom of information laws. The documents [text] … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday initiated a grand jury investigation into the torture and death of a detainee at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in Baghdad. Manadel Al-Jamadi was captured [JURIST report] by US Navy SEALs on November 4, 2003 and held in … [read more]

Legal News
3 May 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces [official website] on Monday heard arguments [Windows Media file; materials] in the appeal of Army Spc. Charles Graner [JURIST news archive], sentenced to 10 years in prison [JURIST report] for abuses committed at the Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] … [read more]

Academic Commentary
27 Jun 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that in the face of disconcertedly-vague and incomplete recollections by Cheney chief of staff David Addington and former DOJ lawyer John Yoo, other officials who witnessed the development of the Bush administration's torture policies should stand … [read more]

Academic Commentary
8 Apr 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says the recently released 2003 John Yoo memo on US military interrogation techniques opened up a path to torture and leaves a great number of persons potentially criminally liable for the acts that occurred pursuant to the … [read more]

Legal News
19 Dec 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] US military contractor CACI International [corporate website] is allegedly responsible for the torture of more than 250 former detainees held in Iraqi prisons, according to the amended complaint [complaint, PDF] filed Tuesday in a class action lawsuit [CCR materials] pending in US federal court. According to a press release … [read more]

Academic Commentary
25 Jul 2007

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that the President's recent Executive Order interpreting Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions for US interrogations practice is an invalid and illegal act ... On July 20, 2007, President Bush signed Executive Order 13440 - … [read more]

Professional Commentary
22 Sep 2006

Ben Davis [University of Toledo College of Law]: "There's an old adage in the military that goes "different spanks for different ranks" (see James W. Smith III, "A Few Good Scapegoats: The Abu Ghraib Courts-Martial and the Failure of the Military Justice System", 27 Whittier Law Review 671, 677, 693 … [read more]

Legal News
16 Feb 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] Recently released photographs and video showing the apparent abuse of prisoners by US personnel at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] show clear violations of international humanitarian law, a spokeswoman for International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] said Thursday. The previously unpublished images [JURIST report], … [read more]

Legal News
15 Feb 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Previously unpublished photographs [SMH slides] and video depicting alleged abuse of prisoners by US personnel at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] were shown on Australian television Wednesday. In an effort to expose "the extent of the horror that occurred at Abu Ghraib," SBS television's Dateline program showed … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2005
by Lisl Brunner

[JURIST] CIA interrogators tried to cover up the death of a man who died while being questioned at Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] prison, according to a TIME magazine report [press release] published Sunday. The death of Manadel al-Jamadi [Wikipedia profile] was ruled a homicide in a US Department of … [read more]

Legal News
27 Sep 2005
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] Pfc. Lynndie England [JURIST news archive] Tuesday apologized for posing for pictures with humiliated Iraqi prisoners, saying that she had been used by her then-boyfriend Spc. Charles Graner [JURIST news archive; after his own conviction in January for abusing prisoners Graner was demoted to Private]. As the sentencing phase … [read more]

Legal News
26 Sep 2005
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] Prosecutors wrapped up closing arguments Monday in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse [JURIST news archive] case involving Pfc. Lynndie England [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] by describing her as a willing participant in the scandal while defense attorneys portrayed her as impressionable and easily influenced by a manipulative boyfriend. … [read more]

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