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Federal appeals court rejects motion to move Boston Marathon bombing trial
March 1, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Friday rejected a motion by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to move the Boston Marathon bombing trial out of Boston. The judges, divided in their decision 2-1, decided whether a jury selected from more than 5 million eastern Massachusetts residents could be fair an....... [more]

Bin Laden aide found guilty of US embassy bombings
February 27, 2015
A former aide of Osama Bin Laden has been found guilty on Thursday of plotting the 1998 al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Extradited from the UK to the US in 2012, Saudi national Khalid Al-Fawwaz was convicted on four counts of conspiracy by the US Distr....... [more]

9/11 case halted by order forcing judges to move to Guantanamo
February 26, 2015
A military judge on Wednesday halted proceedings in the 9/11 terrorism case due to a new Defense Department rule that forces judges to relocate to Guantanamo Bay. In December military commission judges were directed to move to Guantanamo at the request of a Pentagon legal official in hopes of speedi....... [more]

Federal appeals court affirms possible extradition of former Bosnian prison guard
February 26, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a district court's ruling that former Bosnian guard Almaz Nezirovic is subject to extradition to his home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), after allegations that Nezirovic is responsible for war-crimes committed during the....... [more]

Guatemala ex-president released from US jail
February 26, 2015
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement charges and extrad....... [more]

Supreme Court rules in evidence destruction case
February 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday handed down its ruling in Yates v. US, rejecting the prosecution of a fisherman for throwing undersized fish overboard. The petitioner, a fisherman, had been charged with destruction of evidence for instructing his crew to throw back 72 red grouper fish after a fed....... [more]

Supreme Court hears oral arguments on felony firearm possession, ERISA
February 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in two cases. In Henderson v. United States, the court must decide the property interest in a collection of firearms relinquished to law enforcement by a former border patrol agent after the commission of a felony offense. The case turns on a con....... [more]

US court finds Palestine groups liable for Israel attacks
February 24, 2015
A jury for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York found the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority liable Monday for the terrorist attacks that took place in Israel between 2002-2004 and killed 33 people, including Americans. The jury awarded $218....... [more]

A Time Out for the Death Penalty
February 21, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Brandon L. Garrett, of the University of Virginia School of Law, discusses Governor Tom Wolf's death penalty moratorium ...Is declaring a "time out" to the death penalty in Pennsylvania an abuse of the governor's power "ignoring duly enacted law," as prosecutors have claimed....... [more]

Embassy Bomber Faces Justice; What Do These Cases Say About Terrorism Prosecution?
February 20, 2015
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]

Kansas senate approves restrictive abortion bill
February 20, 2015
The Kansas Senate on Friday approved a bill that would prohibit a common second trimester abortive procedure by redefining it as "dismemberment abortions". The bill was prepared by the National Right to Life Committee and encountered overwhelming support on the Senate floor, passing in a 31-9 vote....... [more]

Arizona reaches settlement in prisoner health care case
February 20, 2015
A federal court on Wednesday approved a settlement agreement between the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a class action lawsuit over the health care system within Arizona prisons. The agreement requires the ADC to meet more than 100 health car....... [more]

Pennsylvania death penalty moratorium challenged
February 19, 2015
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams filed a legal challenge on Wednesday against Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The challenge, filed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, petitions the court to reject the reprieve as an unconstitutional in....... [more]

Former Guantanamo detainee's terrorism conviction overturned
February 19, 2015
The US Court of Military Commission Review on Wednesday set aside the terrorism convictions of former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks. Hicks pleaded guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism, which was one of the few cases of successful prosecution of a Guantanamo detainee. In 2014....... [more]

Why Collection of Arrestee DNA Violates the Fourth Amendment
February 18, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Christen Giannaros, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the twelfth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Giannaros discusses the Fourth Amendment rights violations implicit in DNA collectio....... [more]




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