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Legal News
12 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Swedish Supreme Court [official website, in Swedish] on Monday rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks [official website] founder Julian Assange [Telegraph profile] seeking to overturn a 2010 arrest warrant for alleged sexual assault that was reissued [JURIST report] by a lower court late last year. The warrant requires Assange … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] officer Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced Monday to 42 months in prison after being convicted of telling New York Times journalist James Risen [NY Times profile] about classified plans to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. In 2006 Risen published his book "State of War," … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile] was granted a furlough on Sunday to leave prison so that he could attend his father's funeral. Anwar was taken from the prison under heavy security to his father's house and will have to return to prison after the burial. His father, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Malaysia officials on Monday arrested the daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for alleged acts of sedition. Lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar was reportedly arrested and detained specifically for a speech she made last week criticizing the jailing of her father. Anwar Ibrahim's conviction … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Swedish prosecutors on Friday issued a request to question WikiLeaks [official website] founder Julian Assange [Telegraph profile] over sexual assault allegations at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived since June of 2012. The move marks a change of course for the team of prosecutors, who have … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Malaysian Federal Court [official website] on Tuesday upheld the sodomy conviction and five-year prison sentence of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], a decision rights groups are calling unjust and political. Anwar was accused of sodomizing an aide in the opposition campaign office in 2008 … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Monday convicted [press release] former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent Jeffrey Sterling of violating the Espionage Act [text]. Sterling was found guilty on all nine of his charges, including acting as a CIA mole and … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Swedish appeals court [official website] on Thursday upheld an arrest warrant to question Wikileaks [official website] founder Julian Assange about claims dealing with sexual assault. Assange has denied all the allegations behind the warrant and has taken refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy [BBC report] in London, where he … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Aug 2014
by Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law discusses what appears to be the politically motivated charges against former president Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti ... The latest chapter in a long series of preliminary legal actions against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has generated a … [read more]


Features
31 Aug 2014

Six hundred and twenty-one detainees have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay since 2002. NPR and The New York Times have identified at least a dozen of the 621 whom have resumed terrorist activities. Of that dozen, two became leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The news outlets acquired … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] US Army [official website] Major General Jeffery S. Buchanan on Monday upheld [press release] Private Chelsea Manning's [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] conviction and prison sentence for turning over classified information to WikiLeaks [official website]. Manning is currently serving her 35-year prison sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and she … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Malaysian court on Friday overturned the High Court's acquittal of Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], sentencing the opposition leader to five years in prison for sodomizing a male aide in 2008. This conviction [BBC report] makes Anwar unable to run for chief minister of Selangor in … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday filed for a presidential pardon [materials] of her 35-year sentence. In the cover letter of the pardon request, Manning's lawyer argued that his client disclosed sensitive information neither to harm the US nor for monetary gain. The lawyer … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] US Military Judge Denise Lind on Wednesday sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] to 35 years in prison for his disclosure of classified information to the anti-secrecy organization Wikileaks [website]. Manning was found guilty [JURIST report] last month of violating the Espionage Act [18 USC … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Colonel Denise Lind on Tuesday granted in part a defense motion [press release] to merge Pfc. Manning's convictions for sentencing purposes, reducing the possible maximum sentence from 136 to 90 years. Manning was convicted [JURIST report] of 20 counts of espionage, theft, and fraud last week for releasing military … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Military Judge Denise Lind on Tuesday found Army Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] guilty of violations of the Espionage Act [18 USC § 794 et seq., text] for his disclosure of classified information to anti-secrecy organization, Wikileaks [website]. The judge, however, acquitted Manning of the more … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Christina Wells of the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law says that the broad provisions of the Espionage Act raise significant First Amendment concerns, mainly that government officials can control all debates by allowing favorable leaks while punishing embarrassing or critical ones ...Last month, Edward … [read more]


Features
22 Jul 2013

Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the NSA who leaked the NSA Power Point slides to the Washington Post and The Guardian, has been very open with the media regarding his background, education, work history and motives surrounding his leaking of NSA information. Snowden was born in Elizabeth, North Carolina … [read more]


Student Commentary
17 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Brice Biggins, George Mason University School of Law Class of 2014, discusses the rarity of treason charges in the US and argues that Edward Snowden should be charged with violating the Espionage Act of 1917... After leaking the existence of the National Security Agency's (NSA) PRISM program … [read more]


Academic Commentary
16 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of the Lewis & Clark Law School says that the key issue in assessing the espionage charge against Edward Snowden is whether his disclosure of the gathering of call data harmed the US or helped a foreign nation...Several weeks ago, The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald broke … [read more]

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