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Federal judge dismisses lawsuit to protect US secrets on Iran
March 24, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a lawsuit against an anti-Iran advocacy group on Monday, claiming the case could raise national security risks by revealing state secrets. The order stems from a defamation lawsuit filed by Greek shipping company owner....... [more]

French financial prosecutor requests that HSBC face criminal tax evasion trial
March 14, 2015
A state prosecutor for France on Friday requested that HSBC, a Swiss private bank, face a criminal tax evasion trial. The request is a result of the investigation into a massive file leak showing that HSBC's Swiss bank profited from conducting business with people engaged in a variety of illegal ac....... [more]

Alabama votes to keep execution drug suppliers secret, bring back electric chair
March 12, 2015
The Alabama House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to keep execution drug suppliers' names secret and to bring back the use of the electric chair when chemicals for lethal injection are not available. The members of the House added the drug suppliers secrecy section to a bill that is currently....... [more]

Russia court sentences police officer for spying for US
March 5, 2015
The Moscow City Court on Thursday convicted a Russian police officer of treason for spying for the US and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. Roman Ushakov was found guilty of giving classified information from the Russian Interior Ministry to the CIA in exchange for USD $37,000. The court also str....... [more]

Rights groups urge action after alleged US-UK SIM card hack
February 20, 2015
Rights groups called Friday for urgent action to protect private calls and online correspondence after allegations that US and British agencies hacked into the networks of Gemalto, a major SIM card manufacturer. Edward Snowden allegedly leaked documents to The Intercept, an online news source, clai....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses Ohio death row inmates' lethal injection lawsuit
February 20, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Tuesday dismissed a claim filed by four death row inmates challenging the constitutionality of an Ohio law that provides confidentiality for companies that supply lethal injection drugs. The inmates claimed that House Bill 663 vi....... [more]

France high court stays extradition of Argentine ex-police officer
February 18, 2015
France's highest appeals court on Wednesday overturned a lower court decision to seek the extradition of a former police officer to Argentina for alleged crimes against humanity during the country's "dirty war." The Cour de Cassation ruled that the case should be reexamined, sending it back for rehe....... [more]

Mississippi House approves bill to make execution details secret
February 13, 2015
The Mississippi House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday that would make details involving executions secret and allow lawsuits against anyone who divulges the secrets. Moreover, the names of the executioner and anyone "assisting in the execution in capacity" would be exempt from public....... [more]

Former CIA officer convicted of espionage
January 27, 2015
A jury in the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia on Monday convicted former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent Jeffrey Sterling of violating the Espionage Act. Sterling was found guilty on all nine of his charges, including acting as a CIA mole and supplying a journalist with insid....... [more]

Death-row inmates proceed in lawsuit challenging Ohio execution secrecy law
January 19, 2015
Attorneys for four death-row inmates on Monday proceeded in a challenge to an Ohio law by filing a motion for a preliminary injunction. HB 663 is a measure providing for the confidentiality of entities involved in the manufacture of drugs for use in capital punishment by lethal injection, and of the....... [more]

Evaluating and Understanding Police Use of Force
January 17, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist John Mario Acosta Jr., Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses and evaluates several methods of force used by police ... Throughout recent history police officers have been scrutinized for the things they do. Even today not much has changed. The evolution of....... [more]




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