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March 4, 2010 | By David G. Savage
Barre Yousuf, a Somali businessman living in the state of Georgia, spent much of the 1980s in a small, dark and windowless cell in Somalia. "I was tortured with an electric shock and waterboarded," he said. At other times, military police subjected him to what the Somali regime called the "Mig." He was forced to lie on his stomach with his arms and legs tied behind him, while a heavy rock was placed on his back. In this painful position, the victim's body was said to resemble the swept-back wings of a Mig fighter jet. Yousuf recounted his ordeal Wednesday outside the Supreme Court, where the justices for the first time considered whether victims of torture or state-sponsored murder can sue the responsible officials under a 1991 law designed to give victims and family members a chance to get recompense for their suffering.
February 9, 2012 | By Nathaniel Popper and E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
A nationwide settlement on foreclosure practices has ended one headache for the banks involved, but there are signs that it is only the beginning of many others. The agreement between 49 states and five large banks gives the financial giants immunity from future complaints about some aspects of their foreclosure practices. The banks had previously made changes to improve the way they foreclose on homeowners and had put aside most of the funds necessary to pay for the $25-billion settlement.
November 24, 1990
In response to "Keating Asks Senate Panel for Immunity" (Part A, Nov. 18): If we have a choice, can we grant immunity to Sen. Cranston? I need to recover some money from American Continental and my chances will be diminished if Charles Keating is granted immunity. GRETCHEN TRENT Granada Hills
September 10, 1990
I was very disappointed at the flagrant inaccuracies contained in your oil spill clean-up story (Part A, Aug. 24). Clearly, the oil industry's misinformation campaign concerning the liability of clean-up contractors is having an effect. Under the terms of SB 2040, immunity is appropriately granted to volunteers in oil-spill clean-up efforts. This "Good Samaritan" clause is supported by environmental groups as well as the California Trial Lawyers Assn. It is the insistence by the oil industry that its own workers be granted this same immunity that has met with objections.
August 10, 2003
Re "Immunity for Iraqi Oil Dealings Raises Alarm," Aug. 7: Kudos to The Times for giving front-page coverage to President Bush's executive order granting U.S. oil companies blanket immunity from lawsuits and criminal prosecution in connection with the sale of Iraqi oil. If anyone is still blind or naive enough to believe the U.S. invaded Iraq to promote liberty and democracy, this article should dispel the last shred of doubt as to the real reason....
June 29, 1989
Swiss Delay Marcos Ruling: The Swiss Supreme Court delayed a decision on a U.S. request for information on funds moved through Switzerland by former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda. The court suspended hearings until after its summer recess pending advice on whether Marcos is entitled to immunity as customary for heads of state during their period in office. Washington invoked a mutual legal assistance treaty in asking Switzerland for help in tracing U.S. development aid funds allegedly misappropriated by Marcos and his wife between 1981 and 1986 when they fled into exile.
April 8, 1985
Golly gee, that wonderful New York district attorney and the grand jury must be very proud of themselves now that they have saved all the subway-riding hoodlums from fear of being a victim of the victims. It is a proud day when innocent panhandlers are given immunity so they can testify against the people they approach. (Why do innocents need immunity?) And everybody knows that only four youths could do no harm to one grown man. I'll bet Bernhard Goetz learns a lesson from all this--let them have your money and your life, then the DA can plea bargain them to a simple assault or less, and then the lives of these youths will not be ruined.
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