Jury Selection Begins in Torture Trial of Ex-Liberian Leader's Son

Jury selection is under way in Miami for the torture trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor's son.

The case against Charles McArthur Emmanuel marks the first use of a 14-year-old federal law making it a crime for a U.S. citizen to commit torture overseas. Emmanuel, also known as Chuckie Taylor, was born in Boston.

Prosecutors say he joined his father in Liberia in 1997 and led a unit that tortured, intimidated and killed government opponents. Emmanuel has pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection is expected to last several days, with opening statements likely next week.

Also Wednesday, a federal judge rejected a U.S. attempt to close court for testimony of one witness who has an undisclosed psychological problem.