Overcast
53FOvercastFull Forecast

Court: Alleged torture victims can't sue Rumsfeld

CHICAGO – A federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled that two American contractors allegedly tortured by U.S. forces in Iraq can't sue former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

The 8-3 decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a ruling by a three-judge panel of the same court.

Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel claim in their lawsuit that U.S. forces detained them in 2006 after they alleged illegal activities by their Iraqi-owned employer.

The majority opinion said there's nothing in law granting them rights to sue Rumsfeld or others in the line of military command. It said subjecting those in the command chain to such lawsuits could hamper military effectiveness.

The ruling adds that making defense secretaries liable for damages could unduly distract them from their critical public duties.

Comments

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments

Reader Poll

At what age should you stop monitoring your child's social media behavior?
13-14
15-16
17-18
Over 18