Tuesday, October 12, 2010
By Ailsa Chang
During opening arguments for the first civilian trial of a Guantanamo detainee, federal prosecutors say the man accused of helping bomb two embassies in Africa in 1998 was a member of an Al Qaeda terrorist cell who was determined to murder. Prosecutors allege Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani participated in the bombings of embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
The first civilian trial for a former Guantánamo Bay detainee begins today. Tanzanian-born Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is accused of bombing embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998, killing hundreds.
WNYC Reporter Ailsa Chang is covering the trial.
Friday, September 24, 2010
By Ailsa Chang
Jury selection is under way in the trial of the first Guantanamo detainee transferred to the civilian system. But residents around the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan say they haven't noticed any increase in security in their neighborhood.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
For years, people have claimed a racial bias in our country’s death penalty system, based on the statistics of who winds up on death row. But, now, a law in North Carolina aims to do something to address such bias when it comes to capital prosecution.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted Wednesday of making false statements to the F.B.I., a conviction that could carry a prison sentence of up to five years. Jurors, who had been deliberating for two weeks, failed to reach a consensus on 23 remaining counts against him.