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Photo: Obama administration moves to suspend Gitmo trials Obama administration moves to suspend Gitmo trials
Associated Press - Tue Jan 20, 2009
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Military judges will consider Wednesday whether to halt the Guantanamo war crimes trials after President Barack Obama ordered prosecutors to request a 120-day suspension during a review of the system used to try suspected terrorists. More»

Photo: Sheriff jailed for pocketing money meant for inmate meals Sheriff jailed for pocketing money meant for inmate meals
CNN - Thu Jan 8, 2009
ALABAMA - A federal judge ordered a north Alabama sheriff jailed this week, saying the lawman intentionally served jail inmates "woefully insufficient" meals in order to pocket more than $200,000. More»

Cash-strapped states cut juvenile justice programs
Associated Press - Fri Dec 26, 2008
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - State budget cuts are forcing some of the nation's youngest criminals out of counseling programs and group homes and into juvenile prisons in what critics contend is a shortsighted move that will eventually lead to more crime and higher costs. More»

Photo: US orders medical care for jailed Pakistani scientist US orders medical care for jailed Pakistani scientist
AFP - Sun Aug 10, 2008
A US court on Monday ordered medical care for a Pakistani scientist said to be seriously sick since being shot last month in an alleged struggle with US officers in Afghanistan. More»

Photo: Canadian teenager cries in Guantanamo interrogation video Canadian teenager cries in Guantanamo interrogation video
AFP - Mon Jul 14, 2008
OTTAWA - A sobbing Canadian teenager begged for help as he was questioned in the first video glimpse of interrogations at the US "war on terror" prison at Guantanamo Bay released Tuesday. More»

Legal help too slow in Texas arrest, high court says
Associated Press - Sun Jun 22, 2008
HOUSTON, Texas - A man whose life was turned upside-down by a wrongful arrest and weeks in jail should have been given access to a lawyer sooner so he could have shown the arrest was erroneous, the US Supreme Court decided Monday. More»

Gitmo detainees can challenge detention in U.S. courts
CNN - Wed Jun 11, 2008
Suspected terrorists and foreign fighters held by the US military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have the right to challenge their detention in federal court, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. More»

US is 'the world's leading jailer'
AFP - Sat Jun 7, 2008
The United States has 2.3 million people behind bars, more than any other country in the world and more than ever before in its history, Human Rights Watch said Friday. More»

Why the Gitmo Cases Are in Disarray
Time - Wed May 14, 2008
Mohammed al-Qahtani, reputedly one of the most dangerous prisoners held at Guantanamo and one of six to who might have faced the death penalty for alleged participation in the 9/11 plot, has just had charges against him dropped by the top legal authority at the base. More»

DA urges sanctions for prosecutors who withhold evidence
Associated Press - Sun May 4, 2008
DALLAS - A district attorney whose office leads the nation in wrongful convictions overturned by DNA testing says prosecutors who intentionally withhold evidence from the defense should face criminal charges or other harsh sanctions. More»

Justice Department Gives CIA the OK to Torture
New York Times - Sat Apr 26, 2008
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has told Congress that American intelligence operatives attempting to thwart terrorist attacks can legally use interrogation methods that might otherwise be prohibited under international law. More»

Pentagon releases memo on harsh tactics
Associated Press - Mon Mar 31, 2008
The Pentagon on Tuesday made public a now-defunct legal memo that approved the use of harsh interrogation techniques against terror suspects, saying that President Bush's wartime authority trumps any international ban on torture. More»

Photo: Yemeni describes CIA secret jails Yemeni describes CIA secret jails
BBC - Thu Mar 13, 2008
A Yemeni man has described being held for nearly three years in secret CIA prisons, or "black sites", around the world and accused the US of torture. More»

13,000 abuse claims in juvenille prisons
Associated Press - Sat Mar 1, 2008
COLUMBIA, Mississippi - The Columbia Training School - pleasant on the outside, austere on the inside - has been home to 37 of the most troubled young women in Mississippi. More»

DOJ appeals $100M wrong conviction order
Associated Press - Sat Feb 16, 2008
BOSTON - The Justice Department appealed a $102 million judgment Friday awarded last year to two men who spent decades in prison and the families of two others who died there for a murder they didn't commit. More»

FBI 'Clean Team' re-interrogated 9/11 suspects
Washington Post - Mon Feb 11, 2008
The Bush administration announced yesterday that it intends to bring capital murder charges against half a dozen men allegedly linked to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, based partly on information the men disclosed to FBI and military questioners without the use of coercive interrogation tactics. More»

U.S. to seek death for 9/11 detainees
CNN - Mon Feb 11, 2008
Six men being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will go before military commissions and could face the death penalty if it is judged they were involved in the September 11, 2001, attacks, a general said Monday. More»

Clerk's error keeps freed Atlanta man in prison for 7 months
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Mon Dec 17, 2007
An Atlanta man sentenced to four months in jail languished in state prison nearly a year because a clerk made an error recording the sentence and no one noticed. More»

Ex-worker: Air firm aided CIA renditions
Associated Press - Fri Dec 14, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO - A Boeing subsidiary accused of helping the CIA secretly fly terrorism suspects to be tortured in overseas prisons openly acknowledged its role in the "extraordinary rendition" program, a former employee of the smaller company said in court papers Friday. More»

Photo: Judge urged not to ask about CIA tapes Judge urged not to ask about CIA tapes
Associated Press - Fri Dec 14, 2007
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration told a federal judge it was not obligated to preserve videotapes of CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists and urged the court not to look into the tapes' destruction. More»

Sheriff indicted for forcing inmates to pay room & board
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Wed Nov 14, 2007
A south Georgia sheriff has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly forcing about 475 inmates to pay around $30,000 for room and board to stay in Clinch County Jail. More»

What's Wrong With Florida's Prisons?
Time - Wed Oct 17, 2007
An uneasy sense of deja vu swept over Florida last week after an all-white jury acquitted seven juvenile boot camp guards and a nurse charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of a black teen last year. More»

Photo: Staff in boot camp case walk free Staff in boot camp case walk free
BBC - Sat Oct 13, 2007
Eight defendants have been acquitted of manslaughter in the case of a teenager who died after being punched and kicked at a Florida boot camp. More»

Photo: Supreme Court refuses to hear CIA kidnapping allegation Supreme Court refuses to hear CIA kidnapping allegation
CNN - Mon Oct 8, 2007
A German citizen who alleges the CIA mistakenly kidnapped, detained and interrogated him was denied a hearing before the US Supreme Court when the justices rejected his appeal for review Tuesday. More»

Senate Fails on Habeas Corpus
The Nation - Tue Sep 18, 2007
Today the US Senate fell four votes short of restoring Habeas Corpus, the fundamental constitutional right of individuals to challenge government detention, which the Republican Congress revoked in last year's Military Commissions Act. More»

Photo: Hayden: CIA had fewer than 100 prisoners Hayden: CIA had fewer than 100 prisoners
Associated Press - Thu Sep 6, 2007
NEW YORK - CIA director General Michael Hayden praised the US government's much-criticized program of detaining and interrogating prisoners Friday, crediting it for most of the information in a July intelligence report on the terrorist threat to America. More»

In Padilla interrogation, no checks or balances
Christian Science Monitor - Tue Sep 4, 2007
When admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed complained in a Guantánamo Bay hearing earlier this year that he'd been tortured by US interrogators, the presiding military officer assured him the charges would be investigated. More»

Wives struggled after FBI framed spouses
Associated Press - Wed Aug 15, 2007
BOSTON - For three decades, Marie Salvati and Olympia Limone essentially lived as widows, struggling to make ends meet as they raised four children on their own. More»

'There Is No Law Here'
Nat Hentoff - Village Voice - Tue Jul 31, 2007
When military lawyer Lt Commander Charlie Swift was assigned by the Pentagon in 2003 to defend terror suspect and Guantánamo prisoner Salim Hamdan, his orders-as Swift later told me-were to represent his client by obtaining a confession from him. More»

Polish Euro MP seeks removal of name from CIA prisons report
AFP - Sun Jul 29, 2007
BRUSSELS - Polish socialist euro MP Marek Siwiec has brought court action in Poland demanding Swiss senator Dick Marty removes his name from a report about secret CIA prisons in Europe. More»

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