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Current Issue: Vol. 20, no. 4  (November 24, 2014)
A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library
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Gender Jurisprudence and International Criminal Law Project
    The Gender Jurisprudence and International Criminal Law Project is a collaborative project between the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) and the Women and International Law Program (WILP) at American University Washington College of Law. Its goal is to “raise awareness of and encourage research and debate about the jurisprudence emerging from international and hybrid tribunals regarding sexual and gender-based violence committed during times of conflict, mass violence, or repression and to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of these crimes under international law.” In furtherance of its mission, the Project’s website houses the Gender Jurisprudence Collections. This database contains more than 26,000 documents, including judgments, decisions, and orders issued by international criminal courts and tribunals. There are three ways the database can be accessed. Using the “Search Collections” tab allows for the most precise searching functionality. Using the “Browse Collections” tab allows the research to look for cases by drilling down through folders of content organized by topics. Finally, the “Search By Keywords” function is a Google- powered tool that allows the researcher to search the full-text of all the documents in the collection by search terms the researcher chooses. In addition, the Project provides access to a concise Digest of select decisions and court documents highlighting key facts, allegations, and legal analyses dealing with sexual and gender-based violence. The site also includes a Commentaries section where the researcher will find information on select issues or cases critical to understanding developments in this area of the law. These are written by academics, practitioners, judges, prosecutors, and legal scholars with particular expertise in the investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence. The Project offers a blog for the international law community to discuss ideas, programs, data, laws, and policies about current feminist debates within the field of international criminal law. This is an excellent resource for those doing research or practicing in this area of the law.
    [Author: C. Hepler]
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Archive at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were American citizens executed for conspiracy to commit espionage, relating to the passing of information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. The Gotlieb Center at Boston University has acquired the collection of letters of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg from their sons. Included in the collection of letters are prison letters from Julius Rosenberg to his wife, children, mother, sister and lawyer Emmanuel H. Bloch; then letters between Julius and Ethel once she, too, was incarcerated; as well as Ethel's letters to family and Bloch. To allow the greatest access to the remarkable correspondence, the Gotlieb Center presents this new website dedicated to the Rosenberg Archive. This site hosts an electronic, searchable listing of the collection as well as the digitized correspondence and other relative material. Visitors are able to view high-resolution images of the more than 500 letters written between Julius and Ethel Rosenberg during their incarceration. There is a simple search box that can be used to search the digital copies of all the letters. A second search box is available to search all the physical materials that are in the collection, but this does not provide digital documents. Information about visiting the Archive to view these physical materials is available on the website. Social media links are provided to Facebook and Twitter.
    [Author: S. Leers]
Sam Sheppard Case, 1954-2000
    On July 4, 1954 in Bay Village, Ohio, a pregnant suburban housewife named Marilyn Sheppard was brutally bludgeoned to death. Her husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard, claimed to have fought with a “bushy-haired intruder” in his home, who escaped. Cleveland-area newspapers initially published stories extolling the apparently idyllic relationship between Sam and Marilyn, but reporting and public sentiment quickly turned hostile against the doctor. News coverage was extensive and pervasive even by modern standards—names and addresses of the members of the jury pool were published in newspapers, along with damaging testimony against the doctor that allegedly would be admitted during the trial, but never was. The jury, which had not been sequestered, convicted Sam Sheppard of murder. He was freed 10 years later by the United States Supreme Court on a Writ of Habeas Corpus, finding that Sheppard's 14th Amendment right to due process had been violated. Sheppard was acquitted after a second trial. Decades later, in 1996, the Sheppards' son sued the state of Ohio for the wrongful imprisonment of his father and lost (he was also later found to lack standing). The Cuyahoga County Ohio Prosecutor's Office donated the extensive filings and documents associated with these cases to the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library, which in turn has made them available online in The Sam Sheppard Case, 1954-2000 archives. In addition to court documents, researchers can find copies of witness statements, police reports, crime scene photographs, letters and crime tips police received from the public, coroner's reports and photographs, and experts' reports. Documents are available for download in PDF. The collection is easy to browse and can also be searched. Despite the years of consideration given to this case and a TV series and feature film based on these events, Marilyn Sheppard's murder remains unsolved.
    [Author: I. Haight]

InSITE contributors: I. Haight, C. Hepler, S. Leers, J. Pajerek (editor)


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