Tag Archives: due process

Discretion, law, and Rahim Jaffer

When the Crown dropped drunk driving and cocaine charges against Rahim Jaffer, everyone seemed unhappy and suspicious. There was a lot more unity of opinion than when a Canadian woman was stuck in Africa because Canadian officials thought she didn’t look like her…

Texas Judge Grants Motion Declaring Death Penalty Unconstitutional

A Texas judge granted a defense motion arguing the death penalty was unconstitutional for their client. In granting the motion, Judge Kevin Fine said: “Based on the moratorium (on the death penalty) in Illinois, the Innocence Project and more than…

Why Can’t the US Follow Europe’s Lead in Abolishing the Death Penalty?

The evidence, and public opinion, suggests the US should follow Europe’s lead and abolish the death penalty. Bianca Jagger recently delivered a speech at the Fourth Congress Against the Death Penalty in Geneva, Switzerland and raised a number of key…

Will the Majority of Enemy Combatants Be Released?

If a recent report is any indication, the majority of enemy combatants being held "indefinitely" will be released if they decide to challenge their confinement. The report by the Washington Post, found that out of 41 prisoners who have challenged…

Attempted NYC Subway Bomber Reaches Plea Deal in Civilian Court

Najibullah Zazi, accused of conspiring to detonate explosives on the New York City subway system, reached a plea deal in a federal court. Zazi admitted he conspired with Al Qaeda to detonate explosives in the subway system on the anniversary…