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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]

NATO formally ends 13 year conflict in Afghanistan
December 29, 2014
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) formally ended its war in Afghanistan on Sunday after 13 years of conflict. The quiet ceremony in Kabul was arranged in secret due to increasing Taliban strikes in the area, including suicide bombings and gun violence. On January 1 the US-led Internation....... [more]

Death row inmates challenge Ohio execution secrecy law
December 25, 2014
Four death row inmates filed a complaint on Wednesday challenging Substitute House Bill 663, 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 persons involved in executing a sentence of capital....... [more]

Kenya parliament approves controversial anti-terrorism law
December 20, 2014
Kenya's parliament on Thursday passed a sweeping new anti-terrorism law after some of its members engaged in a shoving match that led to blows being exchanged. Those opposed to the bill, citing violations of free speech and other civil liberties, shouted, threw water, and even threw books at the Spe....... [more]

The Senate Torture Report and Prior Admissions
December 9, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the recently released Senate Torture Report ... The recently released Torture Report of the Senate Intelligence Committee adds another layer of proof of serial international criminality that was manifestly authoriz....... [more]

Wanted Nazi war criminal died in Syria four years ago: report
December 1, 2014
Nazi-hunter and director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Efraim Zuroff told the BBC Monday that he is certain that wanted Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner died in Syria four years ago. Zuroff said that new information from a former German secret service agent indicates that Brunner died in 2010 and is....... [more]

Uganda lawmakers draft new anti-gay bill
November 20, 2014
Ugandan politicians have drawn up new anti-gay legislation with cross-bench support to be presented before parliament by the end of the year, according to Thursday media reports. The new legislation comes nearly a year after the Ugandan parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Act that would have se....... [more]

Defense lawyer argues Guantanamo detainee immune from war crimes charges
November 18, 2014
A US military lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay detainee argued Monday that the detainee, who is described as an al Qaeda commander, may be classified as a soldier according to international war rules and thus exempt from prosecution. The lawyer asked a judge to dismiss the charges against Abd al Hadi al....... [more]

UK student found guilty of terrorism-related offense in semi-secret trial
November 17, 2014
Last week a law student was found guilty for a terrorism-related offense in the UK after a semi-secret trial. The Turkish-born student, Erol Incedal, was found guilty of possessing a bomb-making document that is likely useful to terrorists. Prosecutors sought to keep the trial secret on national sec....... [more]




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