David Ryan

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David Ryan is a third-year student at Harvard Law School. Before attending law school, he served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in International Relations and from Georgetown University with an M.A. in Security Studies.

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Case Coverage: Al Nashiri Case

12/15 Session: Sleepovers at Camp Justice and “Unlawful Influence”

Thursday's session in the USS Cole case brings us heated argument on a defense motion to abate proceedings in light of the military judge's potential involvement with the destruction of evidence at a CIA black site, along with a discussion of Nashiri's health and medical records.

Case Coverage: 9/11 Case

7/21 Session: A “Despicable” and “Perverse” Motion for Recusal, and a Possibly Toxic Courtroom

During Thursday's session at Guantanamo, Judge Pohl orders Walid Bin Attash to leave the courtroom, decides that he will not recuse himself in a ruling on past destruction of evidence, and hears a motion suggesting Camp Justice itself is contaminated. 

Alien Tort Statute

Warfaa v. Ali: Fourth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Somali’s Alien Tort Statute Claims

The Fourth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of Alien Tort Statute claims against a former Colonel in the Somali National Army by a member of clan persecuted by the Barre regime who he detained, interrogated, tortured, shot, and left for dead.

Secrecy: FOIA

NYT v. DOJ, Part 2: Second Circuit Narrows Circumstances in Which Official Statements Waive FOIA Exemption 5 Protection

The five-year targeted killing FOIA litigation by the ACLU and New York Times suffered a setback yesterday when the Second Circuit unsealed an opinion affirming an SDNY ruling from October 2014 allowing DOJ to withhold several OLC documents related to lethal targeting.