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Ex-Con Pleads Not Guilty To Leaving Bomb At Mall

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 07.06.2011 | Denver

An ex-convict accused of planting an explosive device near a Denver-area mall pleaded not guilty to charges of arson and possession of a destructive d...

A Fine Precedent for Obama Military Commissions

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

The military commissions are about war crimes and for the enemy to aid the enemy is not a war crime.

Ghailani Life Sentence Shows Up Military Commission Fans

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

Raha Wala Georgetown Fellow, Law and Security Proponents of trying individuals in military commissions are all but declaring victory after the Obama ...

John Yoo, torture architect, remains unerringly wrong on facts and law

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

Gabor Rona International Legal Director Torture architect Prof. John Yoo had an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal the other day, following the convict...

SBA Loses Legal Battle Over Crisis Management PR Contract

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The proposal to combine the SBA with the Commerce Department is just the latest attempt by the government to cover up billions of dollars in abuse while dismantling small business contracting programs.

Wrong, Wrong and Right on Federal Courts for Terrorism Cases

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

Gabor Rona International Legal Director There are two distinct camps criticizing the use of federal courts to try terrorism suspects after last week'...

The Curtain Closes on a Show Trial at Guantanamo Bay

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

If observers were hoping to see justice done at Omar Khadr's trial, they were sorely disappointed. It was a show directed to allow the government to show the world that the U.S. is tough on terrorism.

Judge Hides Evidence of Torture from Gitmo Jury

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

In ruling today, Judge Patrick Parrish seemed confused and unmoved by the argument that the jury is entitled to hear the conditions of Omar Khadr's confinement and his treatment during interrogations.

Former Gitmo Prisoner's Trial Continues, as Child Soldier's is Postponed

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

U.S. military prosecutors in Cuba are reportedly scrambling to get Omar Khadr, the alleged child soldier on trial for war crimes at Gitmo, to plead guilty to murder.

Don't Wait Another Minute: Confirm Goodwin Liu

Marcia D. Greenberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia D. Greenberger

The Senate can make some important progress on judges before Senators leave town. The first step is to confirm Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Close Enough Isn't Good Enough

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

None of us should feel peace of mind about an execution under the circumstances of a case like Troy Davis', whatever our feelings might be about the death penalty.

Bold Pursuit of Gay Rights Wins in Court

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

The LGBT community has always marched towards equality in small, incremental steps. Today, though, bold gestures seem to be winning the struggle.

Armenian-Americans File Multi-Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against Turkey

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

After seeking genocide recognition for almost a century, Armenian-Americans will now devote their energy to pursue all legal avenues in order to recoup their massive losses and regain their historic rights.

Justice Suffers As Nominations Languish

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

The vacancies on the federal bench continue to grow, resulting in a judicial system that is already overburdened coming to a grinding halt. The nation's courtrooms must not be left hostage to partisan bickering.

Energy Companies Win Katrina Greenhouse-Gas Suit After Eight Federal Judges' Recusals

NOLA.com | Mark Schleifstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

So many members of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals have recused themselves from a rehearing of a lawsuit that charges energy companies with cont...

Why the Defense of Marriage Act Is a Legal Albatross

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

Fourteen years ago, Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act, one of the worst pieces of federal legislation ever passed. And on Thursday, a federal court in Massachusetts ruled that it is also unconstitutional.

When the Refs Don't Make Clear Calls: The Supreme Court and the Unclear Path for Innovators

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Not being a soccer fan myself, I cannot fully appreciate the various tweets, articles and quips on the calls made by the referees during the 2010 Worl...

The Real Reason Khadr's Case Is In A Military Commission

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

As the government continues to pursue the case of Omar Khadr, it's becoming clear why the administration chose to try this case in a military commissi...

Sidney Thomas Interviews With Obama For Supreme Court Nomination

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday interviewed federal appeals court Judge Sidney Thomas of Montana for an opening on the Supreme C...

Supreme Court Cameras: Senate Judiciary Committee OKs Bills To Allow Broadcast From Courts

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court would televise many of its public sessions and cameras would be permitted in lower federal courts, at a judge's d...

Court Order Highlights U.S. Legal Distortions

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

A judge found that a young man from Yemen, seized at the age of 17, has been imprisoned in the United States detention center in Cuba for the past eight years without cause. Sadly, such opinions are now common.

How Big Oil Always Wins

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

There is another case of oil pollution with over fifteen years of "experience" that might make us nervous about any attempt to hold BP accountable in the courts.

Court Ruling Highlights Need for Due Process at Bagram

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday morning issued a stunning ruling: that the United States government may seize suspected terrorists outside...

Anonymous Push Polls: Coming Soon to a Phone Near You?

Luis Toro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Luis Toro

What kinds of polls are actually campaign advertisements? A Colorado court is set to rule on the answer.

Closing GITMO: Is This the Department of Justice's Detention Model?

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

The government is already imprisoning, in the U.S., American citizens awaiting trial on terror-related charges, under what their supporters describe as draconian conditions.