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on December 1, 2009 at 9:35 am

Ninth Circuit to Rehear State Secrets Case

By Jonathan Abrams, NSJ Staff Editor, HLS 2012 On October 27th, the Ninth Circuit granted en banc review to an important case involving the “state secrets” privilege. The case, Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., 579 F.3d 943 (9th Cir. 2009), involves a lawsuit brought by five foreign nationals who claim they were part of the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition program.”  The […]

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on November 28, 2009 at 8:58 am

Bail for Convicted Terrorist’s Lawyer Revoked; Sentence Remanded as “strikingly low”

By NSJ Staff Writer On November 17th, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed, but remanded for re-sentencing, the conviction of Lynne Stewart for activities arising out of her representation of Omar Abdel-Rahman, the “Blind Sheikh.”

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on November 22, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Debating the Use of Civilian Courts to Try Suspected Terrorists

By Mat Trachok, HLS 2012 Staff Writer There has been considerable debate over the Obama Administration’s decision to try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM) in a Manhattan federal court.  NSJ provides a brief overview of the recent opinion pieces on the topic.

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on November 17, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Holder to Appear Before Senate Judiciary Committee After Decision Sparks Controversy

By NSJ Staff Writer Tomorrow, November 18, Attorney General Eric Holder will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee, likely facing questions regarding and criticism of his decision to abandon military tribunals for five 9/11 terrorists in favor of using the civilian criminal justice system. A debate reemerged after Holder’s announcement last Friday that five detainees currently housed at Guantanamo, including […]

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on November 12, 2009 at 12:50 pm

NSJ Analysis: House Judiciary Committee Passes PATRIOT Act Reauthorization

By NSJ Staff Writer The House Judiciary Committee recently voted to reauthorize certain expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act as part of the USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009.  The bill, H.R. 3845, sponsored by Rep. John Conyers, proposes privacy protections that in many respects go beyond those included in the bill that recently passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee. […]

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on November 10, 2009 at 12:12 am

Dershowitz Seeks to Distinguish Crimes in ICTY Appeal

By John Thorlin, HLS 2012 NSJ Staff Writer On October 29, 2009, Harvard Law School Prof. Alan Dershowitz appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to appeal the conviction of Johan Tarculovski.  Tarculovski was charged with individual criminal responsibility (Art. 7 §1 ICTY Statute), as well as superior hierarchical responsibility (Art. 7 § 3 ICTY Statute), […]

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on November 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm

New Thriller Highlights Public Health & National Security Connection

By Mat Trachok, HLS 2012 NSJ Staff Writer According to surgeon and best-selling author Robin Cook, the world is at risk from an imminent, serious pandemic.  Cook has written a new medical thriller entitled Plague, which he hopes will raise consciousness about this potential threat.  In his recent article “Plague: A New Thriller of the Coming Pandemic,” Cook explains the […]

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on November 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm

NSJ Analysis: Fort Hood Shooting Ripe for Controversy

By NSJ Staff Writer The November 8th shootings at Ft. Hood are less than a week old, and yet investigators and pundits are already interpreting what they see to be their deep-seated meaning.  Officially, after two days of investigation, the FBI and the Army Criminal Investigation Command have come to the tentative conclusion that the attacks were not part of […]

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on November 6, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Canadian Court Orders Release of Accused Terrorist Sympathizer

By Jonathan Abrams, HLS 2012 NSJ Staff Writer On October 14th, a Canadian Federal Court judge dismissed the Canadian government’s case against a Montreal resident arrested under a controversial deportation program. In 2003, Adil Charkaoui was arrested under a security certificate–an administrative tool by which the Canadian government can detain non-citizens without charge and without showing them or their lawyers […]

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on November 6, 2009 at 2:53 pm

NSJ Analysis: Italian Court Issues Extraordinary Rendition Convictions

By NSJ Staff Writer On November 4th, an Italian court convicted in absentia 23 Americans–twenty-two purported CIA agents and one Air Force Officer–for their role in the kidnapping and rendition of Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, better known as Abu Omar.  Twenty-two Americans were given sentences of five years in prison, and the former CIA Milan station chief, Robert Seldon Lady, […]

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