Showing posts from January, 2011

Dervan to Present on Plea Bargaining and Terrorism Cases at Georgia State University College of Law

The Georgia State University Law Review will host me to present my article, The Surprising Lessons From Plea Bargaining in the Shadow of Terror , which appeared in the Winter 2010 volume. I will be discussing plea bargaining in the terrorism context. The presentation will occur from noon to 1pm at the Georgia State University College of Law. Please register by Wednesday, February 9 by emailing

"Jihad Jane" to Plead Guilty

According to reports from CNN , Colleen LaRose, the suspect authorities say labeled herself "Jihad Jane" on YouTube, will enter a plea of guilty related to charges she was plotting to wage violent Jihad overseas. According to her attorney, LaRose will plead guilty in federal court in Philadelphia next week to charges she conspired to support terrorists and kill someone overseas. The alleged plot involved plans to kill a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog in 2007. She is also accused of lying to federal agents and identity theft. She faces up to life in prison. In 2009, LaRose had been sharing a home with a boyfriend and taking care of his elderly father near Philadelphia before suddenly disappearing. At the time, her boyfriend told CNN that she spent a lot of time on his computer. That computer and others were seized after LaRose's arrest. She was taken into custody in Ireland, according to federal authorities. Court papers stated