A U.S. citizen being held in Iraq as an enemy combatant wanted the ACLU to represent him and fight his detention, the civil liberties group said in a court filing Friday. A federal judge last month ordered the government to let the unidentified man — who was picked up on a Syrian battlefield in September and accused of fighting for ISIS — speak to lawyers. As a result, ACLU attorney Jonathan Hafetz said, he and two colleagues went to the Pentagon on Wednesday and spoke with the man via a secure, unmonitored videoconference. "Basically, the government for the last three months has fought tooth and nail to prevent a U.S. citizen from speaking to a lawyer and having his day in court," Hafetz said. "When finally given the opportunity to speak, his message was loud and clear: I want my day in court and I want the lawyers of the ACLU to represent me to secure my freedom." In its motion filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., the ACLU asks for the government to respond by Jan. … [Read more...] about U.S. man held as ‘enemy combatant’ in Iraq lawyers up
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BLAC Chyna's lawyer has threatened legal action against Rob Kardashian after the reality star's revenge porn rampage on Twitter and Instagram.Walter Mosley told People in a statement: “I am exploring all legal remedies and protections available to my client at this time in attempts to best advise her on how she may want to proceed."Under California law, it is illegal to post explicit images of someone in order to cause distress or exact revenge - the crime is punishable with up to six months in jail.However, TMZ reported that Rob may not have a case to answer after Blac 'liked' some of the photos, indicating she is not 'distressed' by them - something the website say is needed to secure conviction under the law.Rob's Instagram account was closed down on Wednesday after he went on a social media rampage and appeared to post nude pictures of his former girlfriend.Rob also alleged she used drugs and claimed to have paid for Chyna to have $100,000 of cosmetic … [Read more...] about Blac Chyna’s lawyer threatens legal action against Rob Kardashian after his revenge porn rampage – despite her ‘liking’ some of the pictures
THE wholesome image of American star Bill Cosby has taken a battering — but now it is about to be smashed apart for good.For more than a decade, the once revered comedian, film and TV veteran has been dogged by claims that he drugged women then sexually assaulted them.But now Cosby’s 37th alleged victim could be the key to finally nailing him as a “sexual predator” who, like Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris, hid a dark side behind his clean-cut image as a family entertainer.Model and lapdancer Chloe Goins claims Cosby attacked her after she passed out at a Playboy party in 2008.She was just 18 when Cosby, then 70, allegedly spiked her drink with a sedative before luring her into a bedroom at the Playboy mansion.Chloe says the next thing she knew, she woke up naked while he was licking her feet and pleasuring himself.Chloe is believed to be the ONLY alleged victim of Cosby’s 37 accusers able to press criminal charges or launch a civil lawsuit against the star, … [Read more...] about Will this woman prove Bill Cosby is the U.S. Jimmy Savile?
US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s foundation has been breached by suspected Russian hackers with the leaked information revealing her own party researched her “vulnerabilities”.The files, among 261 documents released in the hack, revealed the Democratic National Committee had developed a list of the news stories that could threaten the presidential candidate.One of the folders, released by the hacker Guccifer 2.0, was named: “Clinton Foundation Vulnerabilities Master Doc FINAL.”The folder contained a 42-page document that listed negative headlines addressing Clinton’s foundation.One headline read: “The Wall Street Journal tied foreign government donors to the Clinton Foundation's endowment fundraising under Secretary Clinton”.Another section read: “Reports that State Department lawyers did not exhaustively vet Bill Clinton's paid speeches during Secretary Clinton's tenure raised questions about the role Clinton Foundation … [Read more...] about Clinton’s charity foundation is targeted by ‘Russian government’ hackers in new cyber cold war ahead of the U.S. election
ONE of Hollywood’s most scandalous recent cases is set to go to court tomorrow and it won’t be pretty.The first hearing of AMBER HEARD’s domestic abuse allegations against JOHNNY DEPP will take place in LA.And in a dramatic U-turn — which will send shock waves through the showbiz world — the actress has vowed to publicly testify against him.At the weekend Depp’s lawyers said she had refused to give a deposition under oath.But now she has rejected their comments and is preparing to speak against the man she married just 16 months ago.And she’s not alone.Her rumoured love interest IO TILLETT WRIGHT will give evidence too.The photographer and gender activist called police after Johnny allegedly smashed an iPhone into Amber’s face.Amber’s neighbour, Raquel Rose Pennington, will also back her as she seeks a full restraining order.Raquel has already said she ran into their home last month to break up a violent bust-up between the … [Read more...] about Actress Amber Heard makes dramatic U-turn and vows to publicly testify against Johnny Depp
A fair trial is all that Mikhail Khodorkovsky wants, however, according to Robert Amsterdam, his Canadian lawyer, Khodorkovsky, the former CEO of Yukos oil company, who has been charged with fraud and tax evasion, has rejected any offers by supporters to buy his freedom with Yukos shares. "I haven't received any instructions but to take every legal action possible," Amsterdam said during a DW-WORLD interview. While he has not been able to see his client in private since his arrest last October, the lawyer said contact still existed. Asked whether he believed the Kremlin could reverse its attitude towards the case after the March 14 presidential elections, which Putin is all but certain to win, Amsterdam said he had no idea what would happen: "The one thing I've learned about Russia is: 'Don't even try to predict tomorrow because you don't even understand yesterday.'" A political decision? Mikhail Khodorkovsky in prison last November. A positive outcome for Khodorkovsky … [Read more...] about Khodorkovsky Lawyer Takes Case to Germany
The bedside reading of the man responsible for leading the drafting of the new European constitution was the biography of one of America's great political philosophers. The lawyer, thinker and one-time U.S. President John Adams was a champion of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, which set the United States on the path to the drafting of its first constitution ten years later. European Union Convention President Valery Giscard d'Estaing is nearing the completion of a similar political journey right now, heading a 105-member convention charged with drafting the document that will define an expanded Europe's future. In speeches, d'Estaing, a former French president, often invokes the work the U.S. draftsmen carried out in the hot summer of 1787. At the same time, the 77-year-old Frenchman makes clear that the relatively modest goals of the European Union are clearly different from the original intentions of the United States' founding fathers. "Our aims are not as grand as theirs: we … [Read more...] about A Little Bit of the U.S. in the Future EU?
Prime Minister Tony Blair received his much-needed parliamentary support late Tuesday for British participation in a war against Iraq, but he had to pay a political price in his own Labour Party for the victory. With the support from the opposition, the House of Commons strongly endorsed the government's decision to use "all means necessary" to strip Saddam Hussein of his weapons of mass destruction. The decision allows Blair to commit the 40,000 British troops in the Persian Gulf in a war that could begin anytime after the deadline of 2 a.m. Central European Time on Thursday set by U.S. President George W. Bush. Before Blair could celebrate his victory, he had to put down a revolt in his own party and defeat an amendment that declared that the case for war "has not yet been established." On the surface, the numbers showed that Blair was able to handily put down the amendment, 396 to 217. But 138 members of his party were among the 217 lawmakers who voted for the measure. It was … [Read more...] about Blair Wins Fight to Join U.S.-Led War Against Iraq
Ten Iraqi civilians are planning to press war crimes charges against U.S. General Tommy Franks, the commander of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, the American newspaper the Washington Times reported. The Iraqis, allegedly eyewitnesses and victims of U.S. atrocities, hold coalition forces responsible for numerous crimes, including failing to prevent looting, firing on an ambulance, shooting and injuring Iraqi civilians, causing the deaths of scores of people by bombing a Baghdad marketplace and killing at least ten passengers driving in a civilian bus near the town of Hillah. According to the report, Brussels-based human rights lawyer Jan Fermon, who intends to represent the Iraqis, said the complaint against Franks and other U.S. military officials would be filed in a Belgian court in about two weeks. "U.S. military officials had the authority but did nothing to stop these war crimes from occurring," Fermon told the newspaper. "A military commander is responsible for war crimes … [Read more...] about U.S. Threatened with Iraq War Crimes Trial
European leaders were deeply divided on Thursday over the possibility that the United States would launch a war against the regime of Saddam Hussein. In an appeal that appeared in 12 continental newspapers, the leaders of eight European countries called on their citizens to support the United States in its effort to find any weapons of mass destruction held by Iraq. "Europe and America must stand together," said the article, which appeared on the newspaper's opinion pages. The call of support was signed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, outgoing Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel and the leaders of Portugal, Denmark, Hungary and Poland. The appeal was issued three days after U.N. weapons inspectors issued their first report on their work and said Iraq had failed to cooperate adequately with teams seeking to assess its ability to produce and use weapons of mass destruction. In Thursday's appeal, … [Read more...] about Europeans Leaders Split On U.S. Support In Iraq Debate