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News of the World Hacking Trial: Brooks Cleared, Coulson Guilty

Rebekah Brooks is officially off the hook. For those who might not know, or might have lost track of this story in the whirl of the spin cycle, Brooks is the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid in the United Kingdom.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE


Raw Footage: Mohammed Morsi Shouts From His Cage in Court

He was the first democratically elected ruler in thousands of years of Egyptian civilization. Now he’s just a guy in a white jumpsuit, reduced to shouting from his court cage.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Incentives Often Skew Justice in the American Courts, Study Finds

In a disturbing new report, two academics argue that incentives—from career gains to lab test payments—may be leading to high numbers of false convictions in American courts. They call for more study, but also for a systemic overhaul.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Morsi to Stand Trial on Charges He Incited Murder

Egypt’s state prosecutor recommended the ousted president be put on trial on suspicion of inciting the murder of protesters during a demonstration against him in Cairo in December.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Sentencing Testimony Suggests Manning and WikiLeaks Not Responsible for Any Deaths

“For three years Bradley Manning and Julian Assange were accused of murder,” writes Matt Sledge at The Huffington Post. “Members of Congress and the administration said their WikiLeaks document dump endangered U.S. interests—and lives.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Mary Altaffer

Locking Out the Voices of Dissent

With Occupy crushed, the corporate state aims to deny public space to any group that might trigger a new popular uprising. If this repression wins out, the resulting silence may be replaced with the thunder of violent resistance.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Jesse Jackson Jr. Loses the Right to Vote

Pleading guilty to fraud and facing as many as five years in prison, former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. tearfully acknowledged Wednesday that he was losing one of the rights for which his father fought.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Patrick Semansky

Bradley Manning for President in 2040?

If a federal judge doesn’t sentence him to life in prison, Pfc. Bradley Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst accused of handing hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, may want to run for public office.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Misha Japaridze

Russian Punk Rockers Sit It Out in Jail

A Moscow judge on Friday ordered three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot to remain in jail awaiting trial for an anti-Putin performance in Moscow’s major church, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in February.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 READ MORE



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John Edwards Gets Off

Maybe justice really is blind. Despite one poll rating his favorability at 3 percent, a jury Thursday set two-time presidential candidate and scandal magnet John Edwards free.

Posted on May 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Stepmother of Slain Female Soldier Asks Court to Show Leniency

In a remarkable act of forgiveness, Sylvia McBeth asked a military court to show mercy to her stepdaughter’s killer after an Army investigation that drew sharp criticism from the victim’s family.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Ahmed Ali

Mubarak Is Rolled Back Into Court

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak shielded his face from onlookers as he was wheeled into a courtroom Wednesday to resume trial on alleged abuses of power and the killing of hundreds of protesters in the uprising that ousted him earlier this year. The trial was delayed for almost two months while the court located a suitable judge.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP via YouTube

Bradley Manning’s Pretrial Hearing Begins

Friday marked the first day of Pvt. Bradley Manning’s hearing at Fort Meade, Md., and it wasn’t without some courtroom commotion. Lawyer David Coombs, who is representing the accused WikiLeaks informer, came out swinging by requesting that the investigating officer in charge of Manning’s case recuse himself.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Jayel Aheram (CC-BY)

Scientists Discover Immune Molecule to Lead AIDS Vaccine Trials

AIDS vaccine developers said they are cautiously optimistic after a conference this week in Bangkok, where scientists reported molecular observations from the first-ever successful trial of an HIV vaccine on humans that could change the way future vaccines attack the retrovirus.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Egyptian Police Official Charged With Perjury in Mubarak Trial

The judge overseeing former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s trial detained a senior Egyptian police official on a charge of perjury Wednesday after the official denied that security forces had used live ammunition against protesters during the revolution. (more)

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / Matthew Bash

Somali Terror Suspect to Be Tried on U.S. Soil

A suspected Somali terrorist who was captured and secretly interrogated aboard a U.S. Navy ship for two months while a terror case was built against him was flown from the Gulf of Aden to New York earlier this week to be tried in civilian court. (more)

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE


One Guantanamo Trial That Will Be Held in New York

This week, the New York state Supreme Court will hear the case against John Leso, a psychologist who is accused of participating in torture at the Gitmo prison camp that President Obama pledged, and failed, to close.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


Chirac Trial on Hold?

It’s taken 15 years to get this far (which is to say not very far at all), so what’s the rush for former French President Jacques Chirac to stand trial for corruption charges stemming from his time as the mayor of Paris? Well, he’s 78 years old, for one ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Mubarak’s Enforcer Goes on Trial

Just days after President Hosni Mubarak resigned his seat of power in Egypt, former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly was arrested on charges of corruption. His trial began Saturday in Cairo.

Posted on Mar 5, 2011 READ MORE



Loughner Trial Moves to San Diego

The trial of Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter who killed six people in an assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is being moved from Tucson to San Diego because of worries over pretrial publicity and heightened local sensitivities.

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / FreeTheHikers

Iran Trial Begins for Hikers

Trial has begun in Tehran for two of three American hikers accused of espionage after blundering across the border into Iran. The third hiker, Sarah Shourd, was freed on bail last September and is back in the United States.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ivan Sekretarev

Russia to West: Lay off the Khodorkovsky Case

The Russian government would like certain of its Western counterparts, particularly Germany and the U.S., to know that their critiques of the Russian justice system’s approach to the trial of sometime Putin antagonist and oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky are unwelcome at this time.

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

For Sale: Weapons-Grade Uranium

Are you in the market for some highly enriched uranium? If so, then look no further than the exquisite black markets of Georgia, where evidence in a secret trial has shed light on smuggled uranium that is allegedly for sale in the former Soviet satellite state.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE


Gaza UN building
AP / Hatem Moussa

Israeli Officers Under Investigation

There seems to be a constant perp walk of Israeli soldiers since the war in Gaza two years ago. This week the hand of justice has turned to investigate several senior Israeli officers who allegedly authorized an airstrike that killed at least 21 Palestinians in Gaza in 2009.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE



Interrogation footage obtained by CNN

American Soldiers Accused of Shooting Afghans for the Hell of It

Five U.S. soldiers are accused of getting high and murdering Afghan civilians without cause. In leaked interrogation tapes, at least two appear to confess to as much. (Video and more after the jump.)

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE



FBI composite for wanted poster / Wikimedia Commons

Neuroscientist Gets 86 Years for a ‘Freak Out’

MIT-educated neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui has been sentenced to 86 years in prison for what her lawyers called a “freak out.” Siddiqui says she was abducted and secretly held for five years before she snapped, grabbed a gun and opened fire on her captors. (continued)

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE



guardian.co.uk

U.K. Troops Suspected of Murdering Iraqi Civilians

British soldiers are suspected of murdering a number of Iraqi civilians in the wake of the 2003 invasion. But military prosecutors have resisted filing any charges, saying there is no realistic prospect of winning convictions.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Government via nytimes.com

This Military Contractor Rocks a $100,000 Belt Buckle

David H. Brooks did well enough selling body armor to the military to hire 50 Cent and Aerosmith to play at his daughter’s bat mitzvah. He wore a gem- and diamond-encrusted American flag belt buckle, lest his patriotism come under suspicion. Now he’s on trial for allegedly improperly putting millions on his expense account, for fraud and for insider trading.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Boy Scouts of America Loses in Abuse Lawsuit Trial

An Oregon jury on Tuesday hit the Boy Scouts of America with a $1.4 million verdict and potentially a lot more in punitive damages. Jurors determined that the national organization was negligent in the case of an assistant Scoutmaster who had admitted to abusing Scouts. (continued)

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


Boy Scouts stamp
Wikimedia Commons

Trial Brings Boy Scouts of America’s ‘Perversion Files’ to Light

The Catholic Church isn’t the only big organization facing trouble in the sexual abuse department this week. The Associated Press reported Friday that an Oregon man who says he was molested by a Scout leader in the 1980s plans to use some of a stash of around 1,000 “perversion files” ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


Karadzic
AP / Jerry Lampen, pool

Former Serb Leader Calls Bosnian War ‘Just and Holy’

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is on trial for genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague for his role in the mass killings of Croats and Muslims during the Bosnian war in the 1990s, but a defiant Karadzic apparently doesn’t believe that he presided over an ethnic-cleansing campaign.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


Supreme Court
supremecourtus.gov

SCOTUS Bars Video Coverage of Prop. 8 Trial

Bad news for anyone hoping to keep tabs on the Proposition 8 trial via YouTube: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a ruling by a federal judge to allow streaming video coverage of the trial contesting the ban on gay marriage in California. The top court’s decision holds only until Wednesday, however, so stay tuned.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE


Battlefield in the War of Ideas

If killing a terrorist in Kandahar creates one in Killeen, we’ll never make progress.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE


Karadzic
AP / Valerie Kuypers, Pool

Karadzic Misses First Day of Genocide Trial

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was a no-show Monday at The Hague, where he was scheduled to stand trial on charges of genocide against Bosnian Muslims in the mid-1990s. The proceedings were expected to continue Tuesday regardless of his participation, or lack thereof, in court.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Flickr / Shahram Sharif

6 Iranians on Trial for Postelection Protests

Six people are on trial in Iran for allegedly stirring up trouble and “undermining the Islamic government system” after the country’s controversial presidential elections in June. Some critics are calling the legal actions “show trials,” according to the BBC.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / 200MoreMontrealStencils

World Leaders Condemn Burma Verdict

Burma’s military junta has kept Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for the majority of the last 20 years and it looks as if she isn’t going anywhere. The sentence of the opposition leader was extended for the crime of being home—under house arrest—when an uninvited American came calling.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Hamed Saber

Iran Opposition Alleges Torture

More than 100 of the protesters and opposition leaders swept up and arrested after Iran’s controversial election are now on trial. The leading opposition candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, has said that the “teeth of the torturers and confession-extorters have reached to the bones of the people.”

Posted on Aug 2, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Elizabeth Williams

15 or Not, Alleged Pirate Will Be Tried as Adult

Whether or not Abduwali Abukhadir Muse is 15, as his father claims, he will be tried in New York as an adult for his alleged role in holding an American ship captain as a hostage. Muse’s mother, on the other side of the world, has asked President Obama for mercy, or to at least let her be with her son.

Posted on Apr 21, 2009 READ MORE


Zaidi
AP photo / Evan Vucci

The Shoe-Thrower Speaks

Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi, who quickly became renowned throughout the world after chucking his shoes at President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad last December, took the stand in court Thursday to defend his memorable act as a gesture of self-expression, on behalf of both himself and “the Iraqi people.”

Posted on Feb 19, 2009 READ MORE


Guantanamo tower
U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy

Guantanamo Judge, Obama at Odds Over Trial Delay

Army Col. James Pohl, a military judge at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has gone against President Barack Obama’s call to suspend the hearing of the alleged orchestrator of the 2000 USS Cole bombing in Yemen.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009 READ MORE


Blago Tapes Played at Impeachment Trial

Previously unreleased audio recordings of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talking gambling legislation and campaign contributions were played in all their ignominy during his impeachment trial Tuesday. There’s a lot more going on here than a vacant Senate seat.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE


Blagojevich
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

Illinois Senate Takes Up Blagojevich’s Case

He’s been airing his side of the story to the press; now it’s time for the Illinois Senate to actually decide Rod Blagojevich’s fate. On Monday, the impeached Illinois governor went on trial, and his prospects aren’t looking good.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 READ MORE


Should the Torturers Go on Trial?

The impending end of the Bush administration and the inauguration of Barack Obama pose the enormous and explosive question of what to do about those responsible for what are regarded by a significant part of the world as war crimes.

Posted on Jan 8, 2009 READ MORE


Simpson
AP photo / Isaac Brekken, pool

O.J. Simpson Sentenced to Prison

O.J. Simpson’s fame in the football and film arenas was eclipsed by his nationally polarizing murder trial in 1995. On Friday, he was back in court in Las Vegas facing kidnapping and burglary charges, but the outcome was not in his favor this time.

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 READ MORE


Jaruzelski
AP photo

Poles Take Another Look at Jaruzelski

As Poland’s last communist-era head of state, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski faced off with the country’s growing pro-democracy Solidarity movement and drew widespread criticism and outrage for his 1981 crackdown on the organization. Now some former detractors are reconsidering his legacy.

Posted on Nov 29, 2008 READ MORE



senate.gov

Stevens Won’t Back Down

Even as his conviction has politicos rethinking Senate filibuster math, Ted Stevens of Alaska says he’ll fight the verdict and continue campaigning for re-election. It’s not all bad news for the longest serving Senate Republican—and you really can’t make this up—the Senate doesn’t ban convicted felons.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE



senate.gov

Stevens Goes Down

Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, has been convicted on seven counts of lying about gifts he received while in office. Unless he steps down, the Republican Party will be running a convicted felon for the Senate in the Nov. 4 election.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


Ted Stevens
engadget.com

Stevens Defends Himself, Blames Others

Alaska’s Sen. Ted Stevens (the Internet as a “series of tubes” guy) testified in his own defense at his corruption trial Friday, blaming the fact that he received $250,000 in free house renovations and gifts first on his wife, then family friends, and ultimately on the many responsibilities of a U.S. senator.

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


Troy Davis and the Supreme Decision

Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday. Two hours before the state of Georgia was to execute him, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay until Monday. It had earlier agreed to hear Davis’ case on Sept. 29, but Georgia set his execution date six days before the hearing.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 READ MORE


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