Supreme Court rejects Rachel Corrie wrongful death case

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February 12, 2015 15:33

 
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The Supreme Court on Thursday put out its dramatic decision in the Rachel Corrie case, rejecting her family's appeal of a lower court decision which had denied them civil damages for wrongful death in which Corrie died in connection with an IDF bulldozer.

At the same time, the court accepted a separate appeal by the family and reversed a separate lower court decision - with the result that the lower court will need to further probe the family's claim regarding the possible misplacement of some of Corrie's remains.

In the first decision, the court upheld the "combat activities exception" principle of the lower court in which the state cannot be held liable for damages of activities which occur in a war zone.

In the second decision, the court said that regardless of the posture of the competing legal claims, the lower court's decision to strike the family's claim without fully assessing the claim had been too extreme.

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