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“48 Questions the FBI uses to determine if someone is a terrorist” The Intercept

“48 Questions the FBI uses to determine if someone is a terrorist” The Intercept

The Intercept reports that the FBI has been using a secret questionnaire and scoring system to determine the likelihood of individuals radicalizing and committing violence. The ramifications of the survey have been critiqued and discussed since the discovery.  Joshua Dratel, a national security lawyer says, “it is up to judges to decide whether something must be provided to the defense in criminal proceedings. If the score could somehow be considered exculpatory, then it may well have to be turned over” and that he and other lawyers were previously, “unaware of the FBI scoring system...it may not yet be a factor in terror prosecutions currently making their way through the courts.”

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“Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has a new home: The Guantanamo of New York” Los Angeles Times

“Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has a new home: The Guantanamo of New York” Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times reports that Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, the Mexican drug kingpin, has been extradited to the U.S. and is being held at Metropolitan Correctional Center where security measures make escape unlikely. Joshua Dratel, a New York attorney who has defended several high-profile terrorism suspects who were housed at Metropolitan Correctional Center says,  “it is worse than Guantanamo, it is about as soul-negating existence as there is in this country in the federal system.”

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“Ex-Rikers Island Guard is Found Guilty in Inmate’s Death” New York Times

“Ex-Rikers Island Guard is Found Guilty in Inmate’s Death” New York Times

The New York Times reports that a jury found Brian Coll guilty of violating the civil rights of an inmate, Ronald Spear, that who died after being kicked in the head by Coll. Mr. Coll was defended by Sam A. Schmidt and Joshua L. Dratel who argued was that Mr. Spear instigated the conduct that resulted in his death. Mr. Coll will be sentenced in April.

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Ex-Rikers Guard Kicked Ill Inmate to Death, Prosecutor Says at Trial” The New York Times

“Ex-Rikers Guard Kicked Ill Inmate to Death, Prosecutor Says at Trial” The New York Times

The New York Times reports on the trial of Brian Coll, a former Rikers guard for the death of an inmate, Ronald Spear.  Joshua L. Dratel, a lawyer for Mr. Coll, said that the evidence would show “quite a different set of facts” from allegations made by the prosecutors and that there had not been a “calculated, unprovoked assault on an inmate.” Mr. Dratel continued and said, “this is about an altercation started by the inmate himself, whose aggressive resistance to corrections officers and his extremely poor health led directly to his own death."

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“Merchant of Doubt: Did the DEA Nab an International Weapons Dealer, or a CIA Asset Hung Out to Dry?” The Intercept

“Merchant of Doubt: Did the DEA Nab an International Weapons Dealer, or a CIA Asset Hung Out to Dry?” The Intercept

The Intercept reports on government terrorism stings that have resulted in charges being brought against people who have acted as informers for other U.S. government agencies.   “This is about capitalism inside the bureaucracy,” Joshua L. Dratel, a lawyer for Yousef, said of the DEA’s move into narcoterrorism stings. “The war on drugs in the United States is waning, so you have to find new markets. Terrorism is the big thing...These cases are a lot like FBI terrorism stings here in the United States, Without the DEA, there is no connection to terrorism or the United States.”

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"Attorney for Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht challenges conviction in federal appeals court" The Washington Times

"Attorney for Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht challenges conviction in federal appeals court" The Washington Times

The attorney for convicted Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht told a federal appeals court in New York on Thursday that corrupt government agents and questionable evidence should have been discussed during trial before his client was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2015 for running the infamous internet marketplace.

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"Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Silk Road Founder’s Conviction and Sentence" The Wall Street Journal

"Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Silk Road Founder’s Conviction and Sentence" The Wall Street Journal

Mr. Ulbricht’s lawyer, Joshua Dratel, argued he wasn’t allowed to present key witnesses and evidence during trial, including that two federal agents were stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of digital currency from Silk Road during their undercover investigation. The public disclosure of the corrupt agents, who have pleaded guilty and are in prison, happened a few months after the trial.

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“‘I Was a Spy’: He Lived a Hidden Life, and Now Fears Deportation” The New York Times

“‘I Was a Spy’: He Lived a Hidden Life, and Now Fears Deportation” The New York Times

The New York Times reports on the story of Blermin Skoro, a citizen of Kosovo who claims to be a former spy for the U.S. government and is an undocumented immigrant in the United States. Due to Mr. Skoro’s desire to give “proactive undercover assistance to law enforcement” regarding ISIS  his case was referred to Joshua L. Dratel.   Mr. Dratel was able to coordinate with his client and government officials. After, sharing information provided by Mr. Skoros with a prosecutor, the government moved to dismiss the illegal re-entry charge.

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"Military commission machinations: Another effort at changing the rules in the middle of the process," The Hill

"Military commission machinations: Another effort at changing the rules in the middle of the process," The Hill

The ambiguity of rules related to Guantanamo Bay military commissions undermine the legitimacy of the system. Furthermore, because rules by which these commissions must abide are constantly changing and being revised, lawyers and defendants are left in the dark.

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"HOW COULD TAMERLAN TSARNAEV'S WIFE NOT HAVE KNOWN?" THE DAILY BEAST

Amidst allegations that the Boston Marathon bomber's wife must have known about the attacks, her attorney Joshua L. Dratel emphasizes that, "She did not commit any crimes and they have no evidence that she committed any crime."

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"The Curious Cases of Ross Ulbricht's New Lawyer" Vice

Joshua Dratel is no stranger to bad guys. The New York based lawyer and Harvard Law graduate has made a career out of defending what are arguably some of the most high-profile terrorism cases this side of 9/11. Now he's poised to defend a different sort of client: the alleged founder of the online drugs bazaar the Silk Road. 

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