Special Agent Jeff Moore and his team in the Detroit field division had spent months investigating a local branch of the Sinaloa cartel, the world’s most notorious and powerful drug-trafficking ring, led by Joaquín Guzmán, known as El Chapo. With a sprawling network of distributors, couriers, wholesalers and street dealers, the organization had pumped thousands of kilos of cocaine from the Mexican border through Arizona safe houses and into Detroit. It was by every measure the biggest cocaine operation Detroit authorities had ever seen.
Son of ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor was sentenced to 97 years in prison today in landmark torture case that grew out of a US investigation into arms trafficking in Liberia.
The Miami criminal case – taking place at the same time the father faces a war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands – marks the first US prosecution of torture committed in a foreign country. Taylor, a 31-year-old U.S. citizen, is charged with conspiracy, torture and carrying a firearm during a violent crime. “You will hear witness after witness tell about the fear they felt when they heard that name,” Graveline said, referring to the nickname, “Chuckie,” that Taylor went by in Liberia from 1999 to 2003 when he served as a security-force boss.
Prosecutors Christopher Graveline and Caroline Miller prosecute a case that tests a 1994 U.S. law regarding torture overseas
The trial of Taylor Jr. — whose father, Liberian ex-President Charles Taylor Sr., is standing trial in The Hague, Netherlands, on war crime charges — will present a unique challenge to prosecutors. The case tests a 1994 United States law saying those accused of committing acts of torture overseas can be tried in a U.S. federal court.
Chucky Taylor was an ordinary suburban teenager – until he went to live with his father, one of Africa’s most brutal dictators. How did a kid from Orlando end up as the first U.S. citizen on trial for torture abroad?
Chris prosecuted soldiers involved in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. He sought the truth and brought the individuals who were criminally responsible to justice.
“The Secrets of Abu Ghraib Revealed—American Soldiers on Trial” by Christopher Graveline and Michael Clemens. (Available at Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and Borders). The scandal at Abu Ghraib primarily involved the twisted entertainment of a handful of soldiers at the expense of common Iraqi criminal inmates who were never interrogated and had no intelligence value whatsoever. Although the authors refrain from imposing their personal opinions, the work provides important lessons for future statesmen on subjects such as interrogation policy, training and supervision of young soldiers, and the need for clear guidelines.