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Terror Victim's Father Seeks Court Ruling

In the years since his daughter was killed in a Middle East terror bombing, Stephen Flatow has made it his mission to make sure that those responsible are punished. Last week, he saw federal authorities charge eight people with supporting the extremist group that claimed the 1995 bus bombing in the Gaza Strip. But Flatow’s own fight goes on. He is asking the Supreme Court to help him punish Iran for supporting the group, Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Flatow, of West Orange, N.J., already holds a judgment against Iran for $247.5 million and has petitioned the high court to help him collect the money from a bank owned by Iran that operates in the United States. Lower courts have ruled against Flatow, saying he has not proved Iran has day-to-day control over the bank. Flatow says if the courts cling to that strict interpretation, “The message to Iran and other countries is, `You can commit murder, and you don’t have to pay for it.'” The case could affect other Americans who sue governments for sponsoring terror. Flatow is among a handful of people who hold outstanding terrorism judgments against Iran. Nearly 200 others won similar judgments against Iraq for injuries sustained in the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Full Story

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