Sunday, December 11, 2016

December 12: Webcast - Saleh v. Bush

On Monday December 12 at 9:00 am, the Ninth Circuit will hear oral argument in Saleh v. Bush et al.; the plaintiff, an Iraqi woman, is seeking a court order declaring the Iraq War illegal under domestic and international law. http://witnessiraq.com/2016/12/05/ninth-circuit-confirms-judges-who-will-hear-argument-on-legality-of-iraq-war/ Saleh alleges that former Bush Administration leaders committed the crime of aggression when they planned and executed the Iraq War, a war crime that was called the “supreme international crime” at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946. A federal statute immunizes former federal officials in civil lawsuits if a court determines that the official was acting pursuant to the legitimate scope of his or her employment, and the district court dismissed on this basis. Saleh is disputing this immunity, arguing that the planning and waging of a war of aggression against Iraq fell outside the legitimate scope of employment of former President Bush and the other defendants. A summary of the case with links to pleadings is available in the About section of http://witnessiraq.com/ The oral argument will be livestreamed and then be available for later viewing at the Ninth Circuit's Youtube channel.

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