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The Legacy of Guantanamo Bay
August 31, 2014
Cuba leased the southern portion of Guantanamo Bay to the US on February 23, 1903, as part of the Cuban-American Treaty that allowed the US military to construct a permanent naval base on the site. The base has been in regular use since its establishment, and is a source of consistent tension betwee....... [more]

War Crimes Allegations
July 20, 2013
The Iraq War was plagued with accusations of war crimes and atrocities, aimed at the different parties and countries involved in the conflict. The bulk of those claims revolved around the actual combat between US, Iraqi and guerrilla forces. However, the specter of war crimes infiltrated the war ear....... [more]

Maryland v. King's Narrow Reach
June 20, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Karen Kruger of Funk & Bolton, P.A. argues the decision in Maryland v. King does not raise the specter of wholesale collection of DNA from arrestees...The US Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of the State of Maryland in its opinion in Maryland v. King, a case that eval....... [more]

US lawmakers introduced legislation to combat identity theft
February 6, 2011
On February 6, 2007, US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced legislation designed to protect the personal information of consumers. The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2007 resembled a bill Leahy co-sponsored with then-Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specte....... [more]

Senate passed military commissions legislation
September 28, 2010
On September 28, 2006, the US Senate voted 65-34 to approve its version of the Military Commissions Act of 2006. The vote came after the narrow rejection of several amendments, including one sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) which would have eliminated a provision....... [more]

Jack Ruby convicted for murder of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
March 14, 2010
On March 14, 1964, nightclub owner Jack Ruby was convicted of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, who had presumably assassinated President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Ruby was sentenced to death. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Ruby's conviction in October 1966 and ordered a n....... [more]

Specter to chair Senate judiciary crime and drugs subcommittee
May 8, 2009
Newly-declared Democratic Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) was appointed chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs on Thursday. Specter received that post from Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) who voluntarily gave up his position as chairman and is expected to head a newly created subco....... [more]

Senate Republicans pick conservative to take senior Specter slot on judiciary committee
May 5, 2009
US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was chosen Monday by Senate Republicans to replace newly-declared Democrat Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) as ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sessions will play a key role in questioning President Barack Obama's nominee to replace retiring Just....... [more]

Harvard law dean Kagan becomes first woman confirmed as US solicitor general
March 20, 2009
The US Senate on Thursday confirmed Harvard Law School dean Elena Kagan as Solicitor General by a vote of 61-31. Kagan, the first woman to hold the office, faced opposition from Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings last month for her role in a lawsuit against the D....... [more]

Senate committee approves AG nominee Holder
January 28, 2009
The US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 17-2 Wednesday to approve the nomination of Eric Holder to serve as Attorney General. Holder won the approval of all the Democrats on the committee, as well as some of the Republicans, including ranking Republican committee member Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA....... [more]

Russia rights activists warn new treason law raises Stalinist specter
December 17, 2008
Russian civil rights activists Wednesday issued a statement warning that a proposed law that would change the definition of treason would allow the government to arrest any government critic. The proposed legislation extends the definition of treason to include damage to Russia's constitutional....... [more]


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