“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility.” — Professor Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Discourse in the Age of Show BusinessRead more . . .
Mr Justice Nicol had originally ruled that the trial should take place entirely in private with the identity of both defendants withheld and a permanent prohibition on reporting the case.Read more . . .
According to a survey by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for this guide, federal courts and many state courts allow for “super-secret” cases, which never appear on the public docket or are hidden using pseudonyms, such as “Sealed v. Sealed” or “John Doe v. Jane Doe.” Courts that maintain these secret dockets will neither confirm nor deny the existence of such cases. As a result, these cases proceed through the court system undetected.Read more . . .
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32967.htm The Political Trial of a Caring Man and the End of Justice in AmericaBy John Pilger November 07, 2012 “Information Clearing House” – In 1999, I travelled to Iraq with Denis Halliday who had resigned as assistant Secretary-General of … Read more . . .
No Accountability for TortureDavid ColeThe New York Review of Books May 7, 2012 Sometimes I think being American means never having to say you’re sorry. On Wednesday, May 2, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, a federal … Read more . . .
Military Commission Panel Sentences Guantanamo Detainee By Cheryl PellerinAmerican Forces Press Service NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Feb. 18, 2011 – After deliberating for five and a half hours, a military commission panel today sentenced Sudanese detainee Noor Uthman Muhammed to … Read more . . .
JUSTICE FOR LYNNE STEWART Lynne Stewart received a 28-month sentence in October 2006. Her lawyers appealed, and she was out on bail until November 17, 2009, when her bail was revoked after the Second Circuit ruled on her and the … Read more . . .
Judge sentences US civil liberties lawyer Lynne Stewart to 10 years By Peter Daniels WSWS, 17 July 2010 In a new and vicious attack on Lynne Stewart, on July 15, Federal District Judge John G. Koeltl resentenced the disbarred civil … Read more . . .
Is Plea Bargaining a Cop-Out? Time Magazine, 28 August 1978 Critics say yes, but efforts to ban it bring mixed results Ideally anyone charged with a crime in the U.S. is entitled to his day in court. The litany of … Read more . . .
Criminal prosecution in sheep’s clothing: the punitive effects of OFAC freezing sanctions by Vanessa Ortblad, in Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Summer 2008 I. INTRODUCTION The first response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and … Read more . . .
Pentagon wishes to investigate Guantanamo defense lawyers http://www.usatrends.info/richard-greener-911-911-where-is-the-outrage-as-we-lose-our-freedom/1132 By Mike Lee, 26 May 2010 There’s a Defense Department bill now before the Congress. It contains a provision authorizing the Pentagon’s Inspector General to investigate the lawyers who have defended detainees … Read more . . .
Secret evidence undermines right to fair trial by David Mery,http://coalitionagainstsecretevidence.com/secrete-evidence-undermines/ The right to a fair trial, an essential principle of the legal system enshrined in both domestic and international law, is limited by the use of secret evidence in judicial proceedings. … Read more . . .
Secret Evidence House of Commons Briefing By Frances Webber, 27 April 2009 A recent meeting in the House of Commons gave a fillip to the campaign against secret evidence in terrorism cases. In a packed committee room in the House of … Read more . . .
JUSTICE release daming report on secret evidence 14 June 2009 Justice, an independent legal human rights organisation founded in 1957 have recently released their report on the use of secret evidence in the judicial system. An Executive Summary the report details … Read more . . .
Coalition Against Secret Evidencehttp://coalitionagainstsecretevidence.com/ The use of secret evidence is another crucial matter upon which you may want to question the candidate at your door. What answers will you get if you ask the person seeking to speak and act … Read more . . .
The presumption of guilt http://apublicdefender.com/2010/04/04/the-presumption-of-guilt/ Ammianus Marcellinus relates an anecdote of the Emperor Julian which illustrates the enforcement of this principle in the Roman law. Numerius, the governor of Narbonensis, was on trial before the Emperor, and, contrary to the … Read more . . .
Canada: CSIS probe will affect Crown’s terrorist case against Harkat Andrew Duffy Ottawa Citizen, 6 June 2009 A government lawyer conceded Tuesday that the terrorism case against Mohamed Harkat could be narrowed by a Federal Court probe into the mishandling … Read more . . .
3 convicted in Germany for plot to kill Iraqi leader By Nicholas Kulish Tuesday, July 15, 2008 BERLIN: A German court on Tuesday convicted three alleged members of the terrorist organization Ansar al-Islam of plotting to kill the Iraqi prime … Read more . . .
Bin Laden’s driver guilty as ordered Thursday, August 7, 2008 Now that was a real nail-biter. The court designed by the White House and its congressional enablers to guarantee convictions of detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba – using evidence obtained … Read more . . .
David Rohde and Tim Golden Detained by the U.S. and tried by Afghanistan International Herald Tribune, 11 April 2008 Dozens of Afghan men who were previously held by the United States at Bagram Air Base in this country and at … Read more . . .