I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a civil trial. All last summer, I watched the lawyers and interns of Human Rights USA work towards the civil trial of Charles Taylor’s son (“Taylor Jr.’s trial was the first ever in the United States under the Convention Against Torture, a statute that criminalizes torture and provides U.S. courts jurisdiction over cases involving torture.” according to the person who wrote the website).
“Mr. Taylor’s horrific and repeated actions, as detailed in the complaint and testified to by the plaintiffs, are a chilling example of man’s inhumanity to man, to borrow a phrase from Robert Burns. Such actions, because they were designed to strip the plaintiffs of their humanity and dignity, deserve the strongest judicial condemnation […].” Human Rights USA Blog