A U.S, Appellate Court says American victims of PLO/PA Islamic terrorism cannot sue because they have no standing. What in the devil is wrong with these judicial idiots?
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has overturned a landmark $655 million verdict made in February 2016 against the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization, in favor of victims of terror and their loved ones.
The federal appeals court reversed the decision this Wednesday (August 31, 2016), finding that United States courts had no jurisdiction in the case in the first place due to the limited contacts of the PA/PLO groups with the U.S. and Supreme Court. READ THE REST (US 2nd Circuit Appeals Court Reverses Anti-Terror Verdict Against Palestinian Authority, PLO; By Hana Levi Julian; JewishPress.com; 8/31/16)
America’s Leftist activist judges strike again by not holding PLO terrorists accountable for American deaths. A Federal Court originally made the civil award and 2nd Appellate denies the award. Crazy Injustices!
Here’s the expanded story from Jihad Watch.
JRH 9/3/16 (Hat Tip: Bob Gschwind on Crusaders G+ Community)
“Free pass for terrorists” as US court cancels $654 million verdict against PLO
September 1, 2016 12:29 pm
“The United States government had said last year that the case threatened to financially destabilize the Palestinian government and harm the region.” Oh my, we can’t have a “destabilized” “Palestinian” government. It might start lobbing rockets at Israeli civilians and calling for genocide on its TV channel!
“‘Free Pass for Terrorists’ as US Court Cancels $654 Million Verdict Against PLO,” Associated Press, September 1, 2016:
The decision to cancel the verdict against the PLO provides “a free pass for terrorists” to kill Americans overseas, said an attorney for families of victims.
A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a $654 million jury verdict against the Palestine Liberation Organization for terrorist attacks in the early 2000s in Israel that killed or wounded Americans, saying the U.S. courts lack jurisdiction because the attacks were random and not aimed at the United States.
The United States government had said last year that the case threatened to financially destabilize the Palestinian government and harm the region.
Wednesday’s written decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the attacks in 2002 and 2004 that killed 33 people and wounded hundreds more were “unquestionably horrific.” But the three-judge panel said they were fortuitous and “not expressly aimed at the United States.”
The decision, written by U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl, who was sitting on the court temporarily, said offices maintained by the PLO and Palestinian Authority in Washington were used to promote the Palestinian cause in speeches and media appearances and to retain a lobbying firm. It said those purposes were insufficient to give U.S. courts jurisdiction over the groups for random attacks abroad.
“It’s a very surprising ruling,” said Robert Tolchin, an attorney for families of Americans killed or injured in the attacks.
He said the decision provides “a free pass for terrorists” to kill Americans overseas. Lawyers, he added, were considering appeals options.
Gassan A. Baloul, an attorney for the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization, said: “We are very gratified that the court fully accepted our clients’ consistent position that the PA and the PLO are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States courts in these matters.”
The ruling pertained to a February 2015 jury award of $218 million to Americans in a case that relied on the Anti-Terrorism Act, which allows victims of U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations to seek compensation for pain and suffering, loss of earnings and other hardship. The award was automatically tripled under the law….
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