Politics of Prosecution - Series 1

Welcome back to the Politics of Prosecution Podcast! This podcast examines the interaction between politics, broadly defined, and criminal prosecution on the local, state and federal levels. Our goal is to produce a variety of shows using different media. This is our second series. It highlights current events where the politics of prosecution intersect and is produced by student volunteers and High Point University Criminal Justice professor Scott Ingram.

The first episode in this series explores President Trump’s tweet where he threatened to attack Iranian cultural sites. He immediately faced criticism as this violates the laws of war. Although the likelihood of the President ordering such an attack and the United States military is very unlikely to execute the unlawful order, the threat raises a question about what enforcement might occur should such an order occur and action follow. What are the politics and law of war crime enforcement? This episode examines these issues in detail, concluding we need to include more war crimes under United States domestic law.

The sources used for reference in this episode are:

https://time.com/5758250/qasem-soleimani-iran-retaliation/

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1213593975732527112?s=20

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/05/us/politics/trump-iran-cultural-sites.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Esper

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_F._McKenzie_Jr.

https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2018/04/the-lieber-code-the-first-modern-codification-of-the-laws-of-war/

https://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/lieber.asp

https://www.congress.gov/110/crpt/erpt26/CRPT-110erpt26.pdf

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2441

https://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/documents/atrocity-crimes/Doc.32_GC-III-EN.pdf

https://www.loc.gov/law/help/us-treaties/bevans/m-ust000001-0631.pdf

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/956

https://www.icc-cpi.int/resource-library/documents/rs-eng.pdf

http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/IR

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/armed-conflict-and-heritage/convention-and-protocols/frequently-asked-questions/

A special thank you goes to HPU’s Media Services Librarian Josh Harris for allowing us to use the Mini-Studio and his outstanding recording equipment.

Taylor Irish performed the editing this week.

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