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Legal News
21 May 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday unanimously ruled [opinion, PDF] to uphold a $413 million judgment against Syria for assisting in the the murders of two US contractors. In 2004, two military contractors assisting the US in Iraq, Olin Armstrong … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued opinions in two cases on Monday. In Bobby v. Bies [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report], the Court ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously that a post-conviction hearing to determine the mental competency of a capital defendant convicted before the Court's 2002 … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] US Army sniper Sgt. Evan Vela [JURIST news archive] was convicted Sunday of unpremeditated murder for the killing of an unarmed Iraqi civilian near Iskandariyah and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The military jury also found Vela guilty of making a false official statement and of conduct prejudicial … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2008
by Patrick Porter

[JURIST] Court-martial proceedings began Friday for US Army sniper Sgt. Evan Vela [JURIST news archive], charged in connection with the killings of unarmed Iraqi civilians near Iskandariyah. In opening statements, Vela's lawyer said that he was only following a superior's orders and that Vela was sleep-deprived and unable to think … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2007
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] US Army Staff Sgt. Michael Hensley [JURIST news archive] was acquitted [AP report] at court-martial late last week of premeditated murder charges related to the separate deaths of three Iraqi civilians in April and May this year in the vicinity of Iskandariyah [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], according to a statement [text] … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] A US military judge postponed an Article 32 hearing [JAG backgrounder] on US Army sniper Sgt. Evan Vela Sunday, following a fellow Army sniper's acquittal on premeditated murder charges [JURIST report]. Vela, who has argued that he was simply following orders to "bait" and kill suspected Iraqi insurgents with … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] US Army Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval was sentenced Saturday to five months in prison for his role in covering up the shootings of three unarmed Iraqis. Sandoval was convicted Friday at his court-martial of planting evidence but was acquitted of premeditated murder [JURIST report]. In addition to the prison … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] A military panel Friday found US Army Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval not guilty of murder in the shooting deaths of three unarmed Iraqis but convicted him of planting evidence to cover up the shootings. Sandoval, along with Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley and Sgt. Evan Vela, was charged [press … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] US Army Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval pleaded not guilty at his court-martial in Iraq Wednesday to charges that he and two other soldiers killed three unarmed Iraqis and then placed weapons next to the bodies. Sandoval, along with Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley and Sgt. Evan Vela, was charged … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] US Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley has refused to accept a plea agreement [Citizen-Times report] and maintains his innocence on allegations that he and two other soldiers killed three unarmed Iraqis and then placed weapons next to the bodies, according to an interview with Hensley's mother published in Wednesday's … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Multinational Force-Iraq (MNF-I) [official website] announced Monday that US Army Sgt. Evan Vela has been charged [press release] with premeditated murder, obstruction of justice, wrongfully placing weapons with the remains of deceased Iraqis, and making a false official statement in connection with the killing of three unarmed Iraqis … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Multinational Force-Iraq (MNF-I) [official website] announced charges [press release] Saturday of premeditated murder and wrongfully placing weapons with the remains of deceased Iraqis against US Army Staff Sergeant Michael A. Hensley and Specialist Jorge G. Sandoval, Jr. The two soldiers allegedly killed three unarmed Iraqis in three separate … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2004
by Jacob Samad

One day after news of the beheading of American hostage Jack Hensley, the Iraqi Justice Ministry said Wednesday that Rihab Rashid Taha will be released from American custody Thursday and that Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash may follow soon. The Abu Musab al-Zarqawi insurgent group had demanded the release of all … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2004
by Amit Patel

Members of the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi insurgent group in Iraq have beheaded a second American in as many days according to a report on an Islamist website. US officials have informed the family of Jack Hensley about the reports but the government is unable to confirm if he was killed. … [read more]

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