Attorney David Nevin spent 19 1/2 years fighting to save the life of Richard Leavitt, who was convicted of mutilating and murdering a woman in Blackfoot, Idaho. On June 11, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a final plea from Nevin and another lawyer, clearing the way for Leavitt’s execution the next day. Nevin, at last, gave up.
President Barack Obama has vowed that the U.S. will apply the “the full force of the law” in the case of the soldier who allegedly killed at least 16 civilians in Afghanistan, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said the suspect could get the death penalty.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, will appear before a judge in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, tomorrow to be arraigned for the second time in a case that will test whether alleged terrorists can get justice before U.S. military tribunals.
Lawyers for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of planning the Sept. 11 terror attacks pledged to be as zealous in the defense of their clients as the defendants were defiant before a military judge.
For U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Shawn Manning, Nov. 5, 2009, was a routine day at Fort Hood, Texas, waiting for a health checkup before his scheduled deployment to Afghanistan. Suddenly, he heard someone yell “Allahu akbar” -- Arabic for God is Great -- before the first of six bullets slammed into his chest, piercing his right lung and liver.
Al-Qaeda took over the kidnapping of journalist Daniel Pearl on orders of one of Osama bin Laden ’s closest lieutenants, who is still free and reportedly leading anti-U.S. militants on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, according to a study.