Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 12:59 PM

U.S. officials have questioned Islamic State militants, detained by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria, who are suspected of involvement in the January suicide bombing that killed multiple U.S. and SDF service members, the Washington Post reports.

A judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia notified the Defense Department that the court’s preliminary injunction of President Donald Trump’s proposed transgender service member ban remains in place, responding to the Pentagon’s announcement that it would begin implementing the ban in April, according to NBC News. Lawfare posted the filing in full.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May formally asked the European Union to extend the deadline for Brexit to June 30, a three-month extension past the original March 29 deadline, the New York Times details.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia increased former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic’s sentence from 40 years to life in prison during appeal proceedings on his 2016 conviction for war crimes committed during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the BBC reports.

U.S.-Russian talks on Venezuela ended without agreement on whether sitting president Nicolas Maduro, backed by Russia, or self-declared president Juan Guaido, supported by the U.S., is the legitimate Venezuelan leader, according to Reuters.

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In light of the Christchurch attack, Carrie Cordero recommended strategies for adapting to evolving far-right extremist threats.

Joshua A. Geltzer, Mary B. McCord and Nicholas Rasmussen wrote on the need for governments to move beyond the distinction between domestic and international terrorism.

Katherine Kelley explored new data on 124 public cases of sextortion.

Nathaniel Sobel examined a Senate anti-BDS bill and the broader legal landscape of anti-BDS laws.

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast featuring discussion of Russian involvement in Syria, DHS facial scanning technology and more.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast featuring conversation between David Priess and Judd Devermont on elections in Africa.

Mikhaila Fogel shared search warrant materials released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in its case against Michael Cohen.

Lev Sugarman shared an opinion denying a habeas petition filed by Guantanamo detainee Abdulsalam Ali Abdulrahman al-Hela in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Sugarman also shared a notice filed by a federal judge clarifying that the D.C. federal court’s preliminary injunction of President Trump’s transgender service ban remains in effect, responding to the Pentagon’s announcement that it would begin implementing the ban.

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