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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

U. S. Supreme Court Rules UNANIMOUSLY Only Individuals Can Be Sued Under Under Torture Victim Law.

High court limits suits under torture victim law

The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that organizations may not be sued for claims they aided in torture or killings abroad under a law aimed at helping torture victims.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the court's opinion Wednesday dismissing the lawsuit filed by the family of an American who died in the custody of Palestinian intelligence officers in Jericho in 1995. The family wanted to sue the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization under the Torture Victim Protection Act.

Sotomayor said the 1992 law's use of the word "individual" is persuasive evidence that only people may be sued over claims they took part in torture. ...

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/18/2155514/high-court-limits-suits-under.html#storylink=cpy

Editor's comment/note: The case is Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority, and you can read the Court's opinion by clicking on the case name link.

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