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Academic Commentary
13 Oct 2015
by Katrice Bridges of Penn State Law at University Park
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Katrice Bridges Copeland of Penn State Law at University Park discusses the controversy surrounding the Department of Justices' failure to prosecute corporations and those associated with corporate fraud following the Financial Crisis of 2008... The Department of Justice (DOJ) has received a great deal of criticism for … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Feb 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon discusses recent terrorism trials...On August 7, 1998, al Qaeda terrorists simultaneously attacked the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania with massive truck bombs, killing a combined 224 people and injuring thousands more. In retrospect, this was … [read more]


Student Commentary
1 Dec 2014
by Shaun Hiller of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Joseph Macklin

JURIST Guest Columnist Shaun Hiller, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the seventh article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Hiller discusses the invocation of silence and the role that it could play … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Wednesday. In Kansas v. Cheever [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on whether it violates the Fifth Amendment [text] right against self-incrimination if a defendant offers expert testimony to show he or … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a defendant's request for a lawyer may not be used as evidence of guilt. Tayfun Okatan was convicted on three counts relating to illegally bringing a German citizen into the US. When detained … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Monday in Salinas v. Texas [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the petitioner's Fifth Amendment [text] claim fails because he did not expressly revoke the privilege against self-incrimination. Genovevo Salinas was suspected of being involved in a murder. He consented to a … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases [JURIST report]. In Salinas v. Texas [transcript, PDF] the court considered the boundaries of the Fifth Amendment [text] right to remain silent prior to arrest. Genovevo Salinas was suspected of being involved in … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in two new cases [order list, PDF] on Monday. In Burt v. Titlow [cert. petition, PDF; docket] the court will consider several issues surrounding ineffective counsel under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA) [text]. In the case, … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in six new cases [order list, PDF] on Friday. In Salinas v. Texas [cert. petition, PDF; docket] the court will consider the boundaries of the Fifth Amendment [text] right to remain silent prior to arrest. Genovevo Salinas was suspected of being … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of the Lewis & Clark Law School argues that Attorney General Eric Holder should have given some explanation for his decision to refrain from prosecuting any suspects after spending years investigating the Central Intelligence Agency's abuse of interrogation methods that led to the deaths of … [read more]


Student Commentary
15 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kushtrim Tolaj is an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and has served as a staff attorney at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Prishtina, Kosovo. Here, Tolaj discusses plea bargaining, and its role in Kosovo's efforts to create a … [read more]


Student Commentary
15 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Iryna Dasevich is an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and has interned in the police department and the district court in Turnopil, Ukraine. Here Dasevich discusses the need for interpreters in the criminal justice system, and how courts can effectively assess this … [read more]


Student Commentary
3 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Iryna Dasevich is a LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and has interned in the police department and the district court in Turnopil, Ukraine. In the first entry of a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of … [read more]


Professional Commentary
16 Dec 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Stephen Halbrook, Counsel for the National Rifle Association in the case of Messerschmidt v. Millender, argues that the police violated clearly established gun ownership rights in seizing the guns of all those present within the searched premises without verifying that the suspect was among those persons...In Messerschmidt … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Berghuis v. Thompkins [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that when Miranda warnings are properly given, a person wishing to invoke the right to remain silent must do so unambiguously. The court overturned a … [read more]


Professional Commentary
20 Apr 2010

Leili Kashani [Education and Outreach Associate, Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative, Center for Constitutional Rights]: "On April 14, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder appeared at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer a range of questions about the Department of Justice. While CCR was glad to see that Holder … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2009
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Thursday sentenced [press release] former director of the Rwanda tea industry Michel Bagaragaza [case materials; Trial Watch profile] to eight years in prison on charges of complicity in genocide [indictment, PDF]. As director general of OCIR-Tea [official website], Bagaragaza … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] Judge Robert Cleland of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Thursday ordered journalist David Ashenfelter to attend a second deposition to answer questions regarding unnamed sources he used in connection with a 2004 article on former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino. Cleland declined … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The trial of former Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] resumed Thursday after the first witness to testify withdrew his testimony Wednesday, causing the inaugural war crimes trial of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to adjourn temporarily to assess witness safety. The witness, … [read more]


Professional Commentary
10 Oct 2008

Anthony S. Barkow [voluntary consultant, Human Rights First]: "The fair administration of criminal justice requires prosecutors to exercise their power and discretion to do justice and defense lawyers who are zealous and effective. I was in Guantanamo Bay late last month to observe pretrial hearings in the case of United … [read more]

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