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From The Hague to Arusha to Kansas Federal Court

From The Hague to Arusha to Kansas Federal Court

Chapter:
(p.171) 9 From The Hague to Arusha to Kansas Federal Court
Source:
Black Panther in Exile
Author(s):
Paul J. Magnarella
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066394.003.0010

Paul Magnarella describes his legal work with the UN Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and his travel to Arusha, Tanzania, to work with the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He describes meeting the O’Neals and agreeing to become Pete O’Neal’s attorney. After examining Pete’s court records and trial transcript, Magnarella concludes that the presiding judge, Arthur J. Stanley, made a number of crucial errors that resulted in Pete’s wrongful conviction. Magnarella examines Judge Stanley’s previous famous case involving George John Gessner, a private first-class nuclear weapons specialist. Judge Stanley’s court found Gessner guilty of communicating restrictive data to a foreign nation. Federal appellate judges overturned the conviction, ruling that the U.S. military had coerced Gessner’s confession and the Stanley court had suspended Gessner’s constitutional protections to satisfy the needs of government.

Keywords:   Paul Magnarella, Pete O’Neal, Arthur J. Stanley, George John Gessner

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