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Legal News
31 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday decided [opinion, PDF] not to get involved, for the time being, in a case regarding whether the public should have access to video footage showing a Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainee being force-fed. The court … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday ordered [opinion, PDF] the public release of 28 videos showing the forcible removal and forced feeding of Guantanamo Bay detainee Wa'el Dhiab. Dhiab, a Syrian citizen, has been held at Guantanamo since 2002 … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The lawyer for five Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoners charged with plotting the September 11 attacks has asked President Barack Obama [official website] to declassify the CIA interrogation program that allegedly subjected prisoners to torture. The letter [text, PDF], made public on Friday, calls upon Obama to make the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel [official website] named [press release] Paul Lewis as Special Envoy to oversee the eventual closing of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] on Tuesday. Lewis will join his US State Department [official website] counterpart, Clifford Sloan, in working toward closing the detention center. His main duties … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the Detainee Treatment Act [text] prevents the court from having jurisdiction over a former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee's lawsuit for damages. Adel Hassan Hamad [JURIST news archive], a Sudanese national, was captured … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] On Friday, Judge Royce Lamberth for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ordered the release of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoner Ibrahim Idris [DOD backgrounder], who suffers from a severe mental illness. Idris, originally from Sudan, was sent to Guantanamo more than 11 years … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The Joint Task Force [official website] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] said Monday that they would no longer issue daily updates on detainee hunger strikes. This announcement effectively declared the end [AP report] of the unprecedentedly broad, six-month long, prisoner protest. There are now 164 prisoners in Guantanamo, and … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A judge at Guantanamo Bay is considering whether to delay the trials of five men charged in the 9/11 terrorist attacks [JURIST backgrounders] because lawyers in the case have lost data due to problems with a Pentagon computer system. Lawyers for the five men, who have been charged with … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Friday that the US government does not have to release photographs and videotapes taken during the investigation of Mohammed al-Qahtani's connection to the September 11 attacks. Al-Qahtani was held in … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Allegations of harsh interrogations and torture have been consistent in the decade since Guantanamo Bay began housing prisoners. Former detainees subsequently voiced abuse accusations, including Sami-al-Leithy, Murat Kurnaz, Mohammed El Gharani, Mubarak Hussain bin Abul Hasim and Binyam Mohamed. Detainees still being held at the facilities have made similar claims, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Douglas Cox of the City University of New York School of Law says that the CIA should respond to the National Archives inquiry into the CIA's destruction of detainee interrogation tapes in order to prevent any further destruction of important records...The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently … [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]


Legal News
25 May 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday ordered [opinion, PDF] the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] to turn over three videotapes depicting Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees being forcibly removed from their cells. The ruling came in … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] do not have to release records pertaining to CIA detention and interrogation programs for prisoners in US custody overseas. … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Monday seeking the release of videotapes of the interrogation of an inmate held at the Guantanamo Bay prison [JURIST news archive]. The CCR filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday again refused [decision, PDF] to hold the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] in contempt for destroying videotapes of detainee interviews following the events of 9/11 [JURIST news archive]. Judge … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Chief US District Judge James Ware of the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] decided Monday to unseal video recordings [order, PDF] from last year's trial over Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], California's same-sex marriage ban. Unless a higher court overrules the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] was not in contempt of court for destroying videotapes [press release] thought to have shown harsh interrogations of terror suspects, but ordered the CIA to pay attorneys fees to the American Civil Liberties Union … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] announced Thursday that he would continue investigating the deaths of two detainees [press release] who died during interrogations by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website]. Former attorney general Michael Mukasey had appointed Assistant United States Attorney John Durham in 2008 to … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [official website] on Thursday filed [press release] a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the US Department of State (DOS) [official website] for failing to disclose information about the government's "War on Terror" efforts, even though Wikileaks [website] has already released the desired documents. The … [read more]

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