The Mauritanian

The Mauritanian

The titular character in The Mauritanian is a man named Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahir Rahim), who was arrested in the chaos after 9/11 as a terrorist, and tossed into the United States’ infamous offshore Guantánamo prison. He, like hundreds of other international accused criminals, are left there to rot not just without trial, but without …

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If a trial lawyer were to have a superpower, it would be his or her power of inquisition and persuasion. To take away a lawyer’s voice in trial is to muzzle their best weapon in a fight, and that is what happens to Thurgood Marshall in the 1941 case of Connecticut vs Joseph Spell. Thurgood …

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The opening credits of Confirmation offer a quick history lesson. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush was struggling to appoint a judge to the Supreme Court to fill the seat left vacated by the first African-American Supreme, Thurgood Marshall. Robert Bork was shot down, then Bush selected a conservative African-American judge named Clarence Thomas. Though …

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