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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 | 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...

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.

Predictable Chaos as Guantanamo Trials Resume

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

With no visible progress this was another dismal outing for the Commissions, and another warning for the Obama administration that any kind of revival of the wretched trial system will remain fraught with insoluble problems.

Former Insider Shatters Credibility of Military Commissions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Lt. Col. Vandeveld said, "I simply could not in good conscience continue to work for an ad-hoc, hastily created apparatus whose evident resort to expediency and ethical compromise were so contrary to my own."

Guantánamo Detainees in U.S. Federal Courts

David Laufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Laufman

As the Obama Administration grapples with resolving the detention of prisoners at Guantánamo, one option which must be preserved is the criminal prosecution of detainees in U.S. federal courts.

Military Commissions: Government Flounders, As Admiral Hutson Nails Problems

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

A legal quagmire that lacks legitimacy and maintains key policies of the Bush administration's "War on Terror" is almost too awful to contemplate.

Why Trial Date for African Embassy Bombing Suspect Is Good News

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The government will not use any statements made by the suspect in secret prisons, nor will the evidence "be very different" from that used when his alleged co-conspirators were tried by the federal court in 2001.

Sonia, Who? Way Outta Center-Left Field

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard M. Benjamin

President Obama has chosen one tough, intellectually dazzling, judicially seasoned woman as his Supreme Court pick.