August 24, 2013
by Blake Lynch
A jury of six military personnel on Friday ruled Staff Sergeant Robert Bales would receive life in prison without parole for killing 16 Afghan civilians. The panel deliberated for less than two hours. The commanding general overseeing the court-martial still has the option to reduce the sentence ...[read more]
June 6, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pleaded guilty to the premeditated murder of 16 Afghan civilians on Wednesday in order to comply with a plea deal and avoid the death penalty. Bales admitted to leaving his post last March in the Kandahar province in order seek out and murder civilians. Bales read the ...[read more]
April 18, 2013
by Keith Herting
The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on Wednesday rejected a request by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) to have access to court documents from the case against Bradley Manning. CCR had filed a lawsuit seeking extraordinary relief by opening "public and press access to the ...[read more]
March 22, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On March 22, 2006, British judge advocate John Bayliss ruled that Royal Air Force Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith, who challenged the legality of the Iraq War, had to face a court martial on five charges of failing to comply with a lawful order. Kendall-Smith had served with the British forces in ...[read more]
December 13, 2012
by Julia Zebley
The Colombia Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that will create a military court for armed forces and police forces who commit crimes. Reportedly, the new law will allow for any armed forces' crimes to be prosecuted by military tribunals rather than civil courts. A spokesperson for the UN Office of ...[read more]
November 14, 2012
by Keith Herting
US military prosecutors on Tuesday urged the death penalty for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales who is accused of having murdered 16 Afghan civilians in a late-night rampage in March. After a week long investigatory hearing under Article 32, prosecutor Maj. Rob Stelle urged the presiding officer to ...[read more]
November 7, 2012
by Zachariah Rivenbark
A Judge Advocate General for the Military Court Centre in Bulford ruled Wednesday that five UK Royal Marines charged with murder are to remain anonymous throughout their court martial. The five are charged with killing a wounded Taliban fighter, who appeared in a video that features marines ...[read more]
August 17, 2012
by Jordan Barry
JURIST Guest Columnist Philip D. Cave, a solo practitioner at the The Law Offices of Philip D. Cave, argues that the lack of transparency in the WikiLeaks court-martial case undermines the reliability of the verdict...Have US military courts achieved the same level of transparency we have come to ...[read more]
May 22, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On May 22, 2011, Bahrain's Appeal National Safety Court unanimously upheld death sentences for two men convicted of killing police officers during anti-government protests in March. The court also reduced the death sentences of two other men tried by the court, which was created by royal decree ...[read more]
April 29, 2012
by Clay Flaherty
On April 29, 2011, a US Army panel of experts declared that Pfc. Bradley Manning was competent to stand trial for leaking a classified video and classified State Department documents to the controversial website Wikileaks in 2010. Manning's pre-trial hearing concluded in December 2011, after which ...[read more]

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