ICC BEGINS TRIAL FOR RECRUITMENT OF CHILD SOLDIERS

This week the International Criminal Court (ICC) began its first trial. Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dilyo is charged with the use of child soldiers in the recent civil war in The Congo. According to Human Rights Watch Lubanga, the former leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) is one of four Congolese leaders charged by the ICC with the use of child soldiers. Also in custody are Germain Katanga of the Ituri Patriotic Resistance Forces (FRPI), a Ngiti-based group, […] Read more »

HOUSTON VERSUS BOSTON

In Boston a Federal judge is threatening to sanction the U. S Attorney’s office after an assistant U. S Attorney (AUSA) failed to provide exonerating evidence to the defense, according to an article in by Altman and Altman in the Boston Criminal Lawyer Blog. The AUSA failed to tell the defense that a peace officer who was an important witness in a drug case had repeatedly contradicted the police report in conversations he had with the AUSA Federal discovery law […] Read more »

IS SOMETHING FISHY HERE

The police department of Buena Park, California obtained a search warrant for the residence, automobile and person of Anthony Andrew Galland based upon information from a confidential informant. In order to protect the identity of the informant, the police department requested that part of the affidavit supporting the warrant be sealed (See People v. Hobbs (1994) 7 Cal.4th 948,30 Cal’rptr.2nd 651; 873 P.2nd 1246) and that the sealed portion of the affidavit be released to the custody of the police […] Read more »