Power’s world: Obama’s inheritance of torture

By Jonathan Power  

The courtrooms of America sometimes take us by surprise. Last week, Charles ”Chuckie” Taylor, the son of the former Liberian president and notorious warlord, Charles Taylor, was sentenced in a Miami court to 97 years in prison for torture. It was the first time than an American court had applied a law passed in 1994 allowing the prosecution of citizens who commit torture overseas. (Taylor was born in the US, but then moved to Liberia to join his father.)

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