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Army general denies Chelsea Manning's request for clemency
April 14, 2014
US Army Major General Jeffery S. Buchanan on Monday upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and prison sentence for turning over classified information to WikiLeaks. Manning is currently serving her 35-year prison sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and she could be released as early as Febru....... [more]

Military judge halts 9/11 trial following accusations of FBI spying
April 14, 2014
Army Col. James Pohl, the military judge presiding over the trials of those accused of involvement with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, halted a hearing on Monday following accusations that the FBI was spying on attorneys for one of the accused. Defense attorneys for admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid She....... [more]

Afghanistan election marked by fraud complaints
April 13, 2014
Afghanistan's Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC) said on Sunday that there have been more more incidents of serious fraud reported in the April presidential election than the previous election in 2009, when more than a million suspect votes were thrown out. The April 5 vote has been....... [more]

Federal judge allows challenge to death penalty secrecy to continue
April 5, 2014
On Thursday a federal judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri ordered that a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) may continue, despite the state's objection. The lawsuit is challenging a bill intended to protect the identities of individuals who pr....... [more]

Turkish court strikes down Youtube ban
April 4, 2014
Turkey's Constitutional Court on Friday partially lifted the country's ban on Youtube, saying the blanket ban violated human rights. Access to the website was blocked after video of officials discussing an attack on Syria was leaked prior to the election. The Constitutional Court ruled the ban was....... [more]

Federal appeals court overturns ruling requiring disclosure of lethal injection drugs
April 3, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday overturned a ruling from US District Court for the Southern District of Texas that had required the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide information about the supplier of lethal injection drugs. Lower court Judge Vanessa Gilmore h....... [more]

Oklahoma judge voids execution drug secrecy law
March 27, 2014
The Oklahoma County District Court ruled Wednesday that the state?s law preventing death row inmates from obtaining information about the drugs used in lethal injections violates the Oklahoma constitution. Judge Patricia Parrish found that the Oklahoma law, which keeps the identities of lethal....... [more]

Supreme Court refuses review of Delaware arbitration case
March 24, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decision regarding Delaware's state-funded arbitration for business disputes. The lower court held that the provision that allows confidential judge-run arbitration hearings violates the First Amendment b....... [more]

Turkish PM bans Twitter
March 21, 2014
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempted to block Twitter on Friday but users quickly found ways to circumvent the ban. The ban came after audio recordings of a voice, resembling Erdogan's, instructed his son to dispose of large amounts of money during a police search were leaked via Tw....... [more]

History of the BP Oil Spill
March 11, 2014
Deepwater Horizon, the name given to the oil spill from the British Petroleum (BP)-run Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, occurred between April and September 2010. Macondo Prospect is a large area off the coast of the Louisiana that contains large deposits of oil and is thus the site of severa....... [more]

British Petroleum Settlement
March 11, 2014
On April 20, 2010, an explosion of high pressure methane gas sank British Petroleum (BP)'s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, causing a leak that became one of the largest oil spills in history. The leak continued until the well was officially sealed on September 21, 2010 and released an estimated 560....... [more]




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