Sunday, June 15

Counterpunch Noah Leavitt: Peru as Our Crystal Ball?: "Not only did the prior rulings do terrible harms to civil liberties, but the need to now retry numerous persons will impose large costs on the Peruvian government. The Peruvian Court acknowledged that its ruling could pave the way for civil trials for more than 800 alleged terrorists who had earlier been tried by the now-illegal military tribunals. Less then a week after the decision, more than 100 cases already were transferred to the country's civilian court." An article by Noah Leavitt that draws lessons from the Peruvian confrontation with Sendero Luminoso to forewarn the US government and citizens about the dangers of expedited justice (and strong-arm tactics) against terrorists. The article originally appeared in FindLaw.

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