Justiceline: October 18, 2012

  • Trial is under way for alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, and the man himself testified in court yesterday, saying the U.S. used the cause of national security to justify murder and torture.
  • How a litigious inmate with no legal representation got his handwritten appeal on prison mistreatment to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Federal prosecutors have charged a Bangladeshi man for attempting to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation tracked the plot through an undercover agent, who encouraged the plan to move forward and provided assistance to the suspects.
  • Slate’s Emily Bazelon takes on Stephen Colbert on affirmative action.
  • The New York Times editorial board once again laments the persistently high vacancy rate on U.S. federal courts, and calls for reform of the broken confirmation process that caused it.