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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]

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]

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]

Federal judge rules American Express violated antitrust laws
February 20, 2015
Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York decided on Thursday that American Express' practice of barring merchants from asking customers to use one credit card over another violated the Sherman Antitrust Act. All credit and debit cards companies r....... [more]

New York court rules state sex offender law trumps municipal ordinances
February 17, 2015
The New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that state laws governing the residency restrictions for sex offenders take precedence over local municipal ordinances. In People v. Diack, the court ruled unanimously that the state's regulations are sufficient in prohibiting high-level sex offenders....... [more]

Post-Windsor Decisions in the Federal Courts
February 7, 2015
In the wake of Windsor, there has been a series of challenges to various states' statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. When Windsor was decided, same-sex marriage had been legalized in only 12 states and the District of Columbia. Many of these states had passed legislation legali....... [more]

US judge sentences Egyptian lawyer to 25 years on terrorism charges
February 6, 2015
Adel Abdel Bary, a member of al Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan. The Egyptian national pleaded guilty last September to threatening to kill, injure, intimidate, and damage and destroy property by means of an expl....... [more]

New York doctors, patients file assisted suicide lawsuit
February 4, 2015
A group of patients and doctors on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in a New York court requesting a declaration that physician-assisted suicide is not illegal under New York state law. Though the state does have a law prohibiting assisted suicide, plaintiffs argue that it was not intended to apply to the....... [more]

What's Wrong with Illinois' New Eavesdropping Law
January 29, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Jacob Huebert, of the Liberty Justice Center, discusses a new Illinois eavesdropping law and argues that the Illinois legislators should repeal the law as it violates constitutional principles and individual freedoms...For a few weeks in late 2014, the police killings of Micha....... [more]

Senate confirmation hearings begin for US Attorney General nominee
January 28, 2015
Nominee for the position of US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Lynch, a US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will face two days of hearings led by Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. In her opening statement to the commit....... [more]

UN rights expert calls for greater efforts to prevent genocide
January 22, 2015
As part of the 70th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp (USHMM backgrounder), UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Wednesday called for an examination of why genocide continues to be perpetrated in some parts of the world. Titled "Why....... [more]




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