July 23, 2012
by Jordan Barry
JURIST Guest Columnist Terrica Ganzy, Staff Attorney for the Southern Center for Human Rights, argues Warren Hill was improperly sentenced to death and that Georgia should adopt a "preponderance of evidence" standard for mentally disabled claims in capital offense cases...Ten years ago, the US ...[read more]
July 20, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
The Butts County Superior Court on Thursday denied requests to halt the execution of Georgia death row inmate Warren Hill. Hill was convicted of two counts of murder but argues he should not be executed because he is mentally disabled. Georgia is the only state in the US that requires proof of ...[read more]
February 19, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday denied a petition for writ of habeas corpus of a Yemeni man currently detained at Guantanamo Bay. Judge Ricardo Urbina held that the government proved by a preponderance of the evidence that Mashour Abdullah Muqbel Alsabri ...[read more]
May 24, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously in United States v. O'Brien that the question of whether a firearm is a machine gun must be proved to the jury beyond a reasonable doubt and is not a sentencing factor to be considered by the judge by a preponderance of the evidence. The court hel... ...[read more]
May 11, 2009
by Ingrid Burke
Petitioners v. Barack Obama, et al., US District Court for the District of Columbia, May 11, 2009. Read the full text of the opinion and the accompanying court order. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here... ...[read more]
January 29, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday that the US may continue to hold Yemeni detainee Ghaleb Nassar Al Bihani at the Guantanamo Bay prison facility. Judge Richard Leon held that the government had met its burden of proving, by a preponderance of evidence, ...[read more]
January 14, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge on the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday granted habeas to Guantanamo detainee Mohammed El Gharani and directed his release. El Gharani, a Chadian citizen born in Saudi Arabia, was arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of ties to al Qaeda. Judge Richard Leon ruled ...[read more]
January 14, 2009
by Michael
Mohammed El Gharani v. George W. Bush, et al., US District Court for the District of Columbia, January 14, 2009. Read the full text of the opinion. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here... ...[read more]
December 20, 2007
by Jeannie Shawl
US military judge Navy Capt. Keith Allred ruled Wednesday that military commission proceedings against Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan can proceed, denying a defense motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction. Allred had earlier agreed to hold a hearing to determine whether Hamdan ...[read more]
April 25, 2006
by Jeannie Shawl
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday considered whether a criminal defendant must prove a duress defense by a preponderance of the evidence or, instead, if the government must prove absence of duress beyond a reasonable doubt. In Dixon v. United States, Dixon was charged with firearms offenses and at ...[read more]

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