Torture and Murder

An appeals court in California upheld the conviction of Blake Leibel, a graphic novelist who tortured and killed his fiancee in 2016. The victim, Iana Kasian, died of extreme blood loss after Leibel ripped apart her scalp. The lower court did not err in admitting into evidence one of Leibel’s graphic novels, the appeals court ruled.

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Black Site Evidence

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against Guantanamo detainee Ammar al Baluchi – facing capital charges relating to the planning of the 9/11 attacks – who seeks evidence from an alleged CIA “black site” where he claims he was tortured. The government, which plans to decommission the site, has provided “digital and photographic” evidence of the site, and Baluchi has not shown that those representations are insufficient.

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