PHILADELPHIA — The jury knew her only as Witness 18. The woman, dressed in the colorful traditional garb of rural Liberia from where she had come, said the man on trial was not an entrepreneur living quietly in Southwest Philadelphia, as he claimed. Rather, she told the court, Mohammed Jabbateh was “Jungle Jabbah,” a ruthless militant commander responsible for barbarous war crimes committed decades ago. In chilling testimony here last fall, the woman, now in her 60s, recounted how Jabbateh had invaded her village in 1991. After killing her brother-in-law by removing his heart, she said, Jabbateh’s fighters did the same to her husband — and then ordered her to cook the organ so they could eat it. “Make yourself strong, ma,” she remembered one of them saying as he urged her to build a fire. “If you don’t do it, he’ll kill us both.” Jabbateh, 51, was convicted in October, not for committing war crimes in Liberia but … [Read more...] about ‘Jungle Jabbah’ was accused of cannibalism and other horrors in Liberia. How a U.S. court brought him to justice.
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Three deputy U.S. marshals didn't violate anyone's civil rights when they searched the house of the lover of a doctor accused of running a "pill mill," a federal appeals court panel ruled Thursday. Instead, the marshals had probable cause to enter the home in search of Dr. Stephanie Tarapchak, the U.S. Court Appeals for the 3rdCircuit found. That decision upholds a ruling by U.S. Middle District Judge Malachy E. Mannion, who dismissed a civil rights lawsuit lodged by Tarapchak's paramour, Joseph Pilchesky. Pilchesky claimed the marshals breached his right against unlawful search and seizure when they entered his Scranton home in December 2013. The officers were armed with an arrest warrant from Lackawanna County Court for Tarapchak, who was facing numerous charges, including drug delivery involving death for the overdose death of a patient, the circuit judges noted. Tarapchaks' ex-husband told the marshals she was regularly at Pilchesky's home, the circuit court stated, and on … [Read more...] about Marshals didn’t breach lover’s rights during hunt for ‘pill mill’ doctor, U.S. court rules
At a time when the current U.S. president is doing everything he can to project the image of the Ugly American abroad, a U.S. court took an unprecedented step to bolster the cause of justice and human rights in other nations.On Tuesday, a Fort Lauderdale jury found former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and his former defense minister, Jose Carlos Sanchez Berzain, responsible for the murders of indigenous people in 2003 during a horrifying month of violence when the Bolivian military was used to squelch protests over the government’s efforts to privatize natural gas reserves.Estimates place the killings at more than 60, with 400 more Aymara (a precursor culture to the Incas) injured. Sanchez de Lozada resigned, fleeing to a suburb of D.C. and his defense minister found safe haven in an affluent community in Miami-Dade County, Fla.In a legal smackdown that reverberated globally, the jury awarded survivors of the victims $10 million in damages. The trial was the first … [Read more...] about Sanchez: U.S. court strikes a blow for human rights abroad
World A district judge in New York has rejected Saudi Arabia’s motion to end a lawsuit that would hold the Sunni Muslim kingdom responsible for the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. The judge determined Wednesday that the U.S. court can assume jurisdiction under the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which Congress passed in 2016. The relatives of hundreds of people who died in the terrorist attacks have filed numerous lawsuits against the Saudi government over the past 16 years, claiming that it helped support the terrorist group al-Qaida by funding charities that supported Islamic militants. The Saudi government has long denied that it played a role in the attack that killed almost 3,000 people, and had asked that the lawsuit be dismissed because it deserves immunity as a sovereign nation. The plaintiffs called Wednesday’s decision a step forward, saying it means that the Saudi government will be obligated to provide … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia’s Role in 9/11 Terrorist Attack Can Be Tried in U.S. Court
The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska’s dispute with the federal government over documents related to cigarette manufacturing is now being deliberated by an appeals court.Attorneys for Ho-Chunk Inc., the tribe’s economic development arm, and the U.S. Justice Department argued their cases Thursday before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.Attorney Ben Fenner, a former Omahan, made remarks on behalf of Ho-Chunk, said Joseph Zebrowski, Ho-Chunk’s legal director, who attended the hearing. Senior Judge Raymond Randolph asked Fenner to explain Ho-Chunk’s status as an instrument of the tribe instead of a traditional corporation.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has tried since 2016 to inspect certain tribal records. Ho-Chunk is fighting the attempt, saying the sovereign tribe is not required to produce certain cigarette production and sales documents to the federal government. The tribe owns Ho-Chunk, and all profits … [Read more...] about Ho-Chunk makes its case on cigarettes before the U.S. Court of Appeals