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    The US Supreme Court is allowing the families of victims of a 1983 bombing in Beirut and other terror attacks to collect nearly $2bn (1.4bn) in frozen Iranian assets.
    The court ruled in favour of more than 1,300 relatives of the 241 US service members killed in Beirut and elsewhere.
    Iran's central bank tried to defy court orders demanding payment for losses.
    Bank Markazi in Iran opposed a law that directs its US assets be turned over to the families.
    Congress has changed the law allowing victims to sue over so-called state-sponsored terrorism many times in the past 20 years, and Iran has not co-operated.
    The law was last changed in 2012.
    On 23 October 1983, bombs killed 241 US Service members and 58 French paratroopers in Beirut who were backing the Lebanese Armed Forces.

    The next year, the US withdrew nearly all its troops from Lebanon.
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the opinion for the court rejecting Iran's efforts to avoid the payments.
    The law "does not transgress restraints placed on Congress and the president by the Constitution", she wrote.
    Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, arguing that the 2012 law passed by Congress was an overreach.
    More than 1,300 people will receive the money, relatives of victims of the Beirut bombings, a 1996 terrorist bombing in Saudi Arabia and other attacks. The lead plaintiff is the sister of a US Marine killed in Beirut.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36095854

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  • #2
    Excellent. It's a good start.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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    • #3
      2 Billion, out of the 140 Billion Obama freed up for them?
      Meh

      What I like is the part where the Saudis can now be sued over 9/11.

      Let's see, each family got over a millio, times thousands of deaths.... oh yeah, looks like a case to keep a whole generation of lawyers busy for a while, eh?
      "Why is the Rum gone?"

      -Captain Jack

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      • #4
        Lawyers are the Black Plague of the 21st Century. Shakespeare was right when he said "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."
        Dick the Butcher in ''Henry VI,'' Part II, act IV, Scene II, Line 73.
        Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
          Lawyers are the Black Plague of the 21st Century. Shakespeare was right when he said "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."
          Dick the Butcher in ''Henry VI,'' Part II, act IV, Scene II, Line 73.
          AFAIK there was never a Black Plague. there was The Plague which occurred down the centuries and The Black Death which was a particular variety of the latter and happened in a very specific period. Now some legal types are more akin to some forms of STDs and you often have had to be up to things to catch them.
          Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
          Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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          • #6
            I would like to know when in the hell the iran embassy hostages are gonna get some money...............

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jeffdoorgunnr View Post
              I would like to know when in the hell the iran embassy hostages are gonna get some money...............
              Wait a minute...let me check Hell. Nope...not frozen over yet.

              I wonder if this precedent allows families of those killed in any war anywhere to sue the losing nation? Japan would look good for starters - all those savagely mistreated and murdered POWs. Then Germany. Mexico for all drug related deaths.
              Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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