Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Roberts to Veterans: Go Fuck Yourselves

The case was Acree v. Republic of Iraq, and it began during Gulf War I when a number of POWs were tortured by the minions of Saddam Hussein. Following the end of hostilities, these veterans and their family members filed suit in US District Court against Saddam Hussein and the Republic of Iraq.

The end result of this case was that the judgment was for the plaintiffs in the amount of nearly $1 billion.

Happy ending, right?

Not so fast. Turns out that once Saddam was overthrown, the Bush Maladministration intervened to block the award because it didn't want the new Iraqi regime to start out in debt. Roberts, that sterling example of jurisprudence, argued -- alone -- that the federal courts did not even have jurisdiction to consider the victims' claims.

See the story on the ACS Blog for full details

And this is the best and the brightest legal mind of our generation?

Better fasten your seatbelts. We're in for a bumpy ride.