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Former CIA officer convicted of espionage
January 27, 2015
A jury in the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia on Monday convicted former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent Jeffrey Sterling of violating the Espionage Act. Sterling was found guilty on all nine of his charges, including acting as a CIA mole and supplying a journalist with insid....... [more]

Defense seeks to have charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner
January 27, 2015
A defense lawyer on Monday sought to have the charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, arguing that the US is violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Hadi al Iraqi, a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda commander, is being held....... [more]

Washington lawmakers propose bills to abolish death penalty
January 27, 2015
The Washington state legislature proposed bills on Monday to eliminate the death penalty. HB 1739 and SB 5639 are sponsored by Democratic Representative Reuven Carlyle and Republican Senator Mark Miloscia, respectively, and the bills will replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without opp....... [more]

Oklahoma asks Supreme Court to delay executions
January 27, 2015
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to stay three executions pending a decision on the state's lethal injection protocol or until the Oklahoma Department of Corrections finds a good alternative. On Friday the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments by three dea....... [more]

Supreme Court rejects BP executive's appeal
January 26, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in an appeal by David Rainey, a former British Petroleum (BP) executive. Rainey sought to contest the charge of obstruction of justice that arose when he misled Congress about the extent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The charges against Rai....... [more]

Supreme Court to review Oklahoma death penalty protocols
January 24, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari to determine whether Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The case, Glossip v. Gross, originated when four death row inmates filed a complaint against the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Correc....... [more]

US government admits former Guantanamo detainee wrongfully convicted: lawyer
January 23, 2015
A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says the US government admitted his conviction was incorrect and did not dispute Hicks' innocence. The US Court of Military Commission Review has not yet ruled on the appeal, but Hicks' lawyer, Stephen Kenny, believes they will overturn the con....... [more]

No Excuses: The "N-Word" Does Not Belong in the Workplace
January 21, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Ayanna Thomas, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the tenth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Thomas discusses racial discrimination in the workplace... A federal jury i....... [more]

Supreme Court rules tacking together of trademarks an issue for jury
January 21, 2015
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank et. al. that whether two trademarks may be tacked together for purposes of determining priority is a question for the jury, not the court. The court stated that arguments made by petitioner in support of the view that....... [more]

Judge denies request for new grand jury in Ferguson case
January 21, 2015
A request to St. Louis County Judge Maura McShane for a new grand jury review of the case against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown has been denied. The request was made early in January by the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) aft....... [more]

Supreme Court orders further proceedings for death row inmate
January 20, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered further proceedings for Mark Christeson, a Missouri man convicted of killing a woman and her two children. The court determined that the 35-year-old may have received ineffective legal counsel, which led to his failure to meet....... [more]

Supreme Court rules Muslim prisoner may grow beard
January 20, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in Holt v. Hobbs that an Arkansas prison policy that bans Muslim prisoners from growing half-inch beards for religious beliefs is unconstitutional. The court held that prohibiting the growth of a religious beard violates the Religious Land Use and Insti....... [more]

Death-row inmates proceed in lawsuit challenging Ohio execution secrecy law
January 19, 2015
Attorneys for four death-row inmates on Monday proceeded in a challenge to an Ohio law by filing a motion for a preliminary injunction. HB 663 is a measure providing for the confidentiality of entities involved in the manufacture of drugs for use in capital punishment by lethal injection, and of the....... [more]

US releases Qatari man held as 'enemy combatant'
January 18, 2015
A Qatari man arrested shortly after the 9/11 attacks and labeled an "enemy combatant" was released and returned to his home nation on Saturday. Ali bin Kahlah al-Marri was held by US authorities for six years and later pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a terror....... [more]

Evaluating and Understanding Police Use of Force
January 17, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist John Mario Acosta Jr., Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses and evaluates several methods of force used by police ... Throughout recent history police officers have been scrutinized for the things they do. Even today not much has changed. The evolution of....... [more]




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