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#1 Allred



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Posted 07 May 2003 - 07:08 PM

Finds for 2 plaintifs and awards over 100 million to them from frozen Iraqai funds. Since Iraq was a no show, the award will be easier to collect. Iraq has 2 Billion in usa which is frozen.

This as the result of 9-11 which found Iraq a party.
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#2 KoWT



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Posted 07 May 2003 - 07:38 PM


A judge found, based on "some evidence", Iraq to be a party, along with OBL and Al Quida, in the 9/11 attacks and then boosted the Iraqis for >100,000,000 dollars, eh, but only for two plaintiffs?

Did the judge have a pouch, you know, to go with the kangaroo court he presided over?

I can provide "some evidence" that you are a spy for Russia, if you don't show up to the "trial" (on account of your nation's been invaded and you are no longer in power) does that automatically make it true?

Betcha, there are legal holes in this ruling big enough to drive a bus through.
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Posted 11 March 2005 - 01:05 AM

Judge Awards $104 Million to 9-11 Victims
Thu May 8 01:09:36 2003

Judge Awards $104 Million to 9-11 Victims

By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge Wednesday awarded nearly $104 million in damages to the families of two victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, finding the plaintiffs had provided some evidence that Iraq provided support to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida.

Judge Harold Baer outlined the damages against bin Laden, the Taliban and Saddam Hussein and his Iraqi government in a written decision in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Baer said he had concluded that lawyers for the two victims "have shown, albeit barely ... that Iraq provided material support to bin Laden and al-Qaida."

The case was being closely watched by lawyers for plaintiffs in other lawsuits filed after the Sept. 11 attacks against Iraq, al-Qaida and others because it was the first to reach the damages phase.

James E. Easley, the lawyer who brought the case, said it was unclear how much in frozen Iraqi and al-Qaida assets could be available to satisfy the judgment. To help pay for Iraq's revival, the Bush administration has started to use roughly $1.7 billion Iraqi funds frozen in 1990.

Still, Easley called the ruling a "significant victory."

The judge heard evidence for two days in March to help him determine damages. In January, he had issued a default order against the Taliban, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and the Republic of Iraq.

The default judgment was granted by Baer after public announcements of the lawsuits failed to attract a response from any of the defendants.

He said lawyers relied heavily on "classically hearsay" evidence, including reports that a Sept. 11 hijacker met an Iraqi consul to Prague, Secretary of State Colin Powell's remarks to the United Nations about connections between Iraq and terrorism, and defectors' descriptions of the use of an Iraq camp to train terrorists.

Baer said the opinions of the lawyers' experts was sufficient to show that Iraq collaborated in or support bin Laden's terrorist acts on Sept. 11.

The judge noted that the experts provided few actual facts that Iraq provided support to the terrorists.

But he said the experts "provide a sufficient basis for a reasonable jury to draw inferences which could lead to the conclusion that Iraq provided material support to al-Qaida."

The ruling stemmed from cases brought on behalf of the estate of George Eric Smith, 38, a senior business analyst for SunGard Asset Management and Timothy Soulas, a senior managing director and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald Securities.

The lawsuits relied in part on legal principles contained in a 1996 law that permitted lawsuits against countries identified by the State Department as sponsors of international terrorism.
2003-05-07 17:43:54 GMT
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Posted 11 March 2005 - 01:06 AM

Judge bars Iraqi funds from 9/11 suit

Friday, September 12, 2003 Posted: 2:51 PM EDT (1851 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) --A federal judge ruled Thursday that families of the victims of the September 11 attacks cannot have access to Iraqi funds seized by the United States in 1990 because the money is "needed to rebuild Iraq."

U.S. District Court Judge Harold Baer issued his 13-page decision after family members sought to freeze some of the $1.7 billion in assets to satisfy an earlier court ruling saying Iraq owed the families $63.5 million.

The suit was brought by the estates of George Eric Smith and Timothy Soulas, killed in the attacks two years ago.

"These plaintiffs lost love ones in the catastrophe at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, yet they along with others, such as the prisoners of war tortured by the former Iraqi regime during the Gulf War in 1991, are being denied any recovery," Baer wrote in his ruling.

"The government contends that these funds, which might otherwise be used for compensation, are needed to rebuild Iraq."

Baer said Iraq's frozen assets became property of the United States when President Bush signed an executive order to that effect in March indicating the money was earmarked for Iraq reconstruction.

Baer ruled in May that the plaintiffs had shown there was a link between Iraq and al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the World Trade Center attacks and that damages must be paid by bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi government.

"I conclude that plaintiffs have shown, albeit barely, 'by evidence satisfactory to the court' that Iraq provided material support to bin Laden and al Qaeda," Baer wrote in his May 7 decision.

George Eric Smith, 38, was a senior business analyst for SunGard Asset Management Systems/Global Plus, and Timothy Soulas, 35, was a managing director of foreign currencies for Cantor Fitzgerald.

Smith was not married and had no children. Soulas is survived by his wife, Katy, and six children. The families' attorney, James Beasley Jr., said his clients were disappointed with Baer's decision.

"We need this money for humanitarian aid in America," Beasley told CNN. "We totally respect Judge Baer, but disagree with his interpretation of what power the president has."
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Posted 11 March 2005 - 01:14 AM

Thinking small...

Now they can say "Proven that Iraq is guilty, we rule that for the 99 years to come, all Iraq oil's revenue, should go to pay New York for provoqued damages".

Thinking big.
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Posted 11 March 2005 - 04:40 AM

This opens the door for Iraqis to sue US government for damages and wrongful deaths of their own beloved.
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