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U.S. law helps Salvadorans heal

For nearly a quarter-century, Atilio Ramirez and a few others waited for the day they could tell the world what they knew about the assassination that sped El Salvador’s descent into civil war in 1980. They finally got their chance, but not here in El Salvador. It was in a courtroom in Fresno, Calif. In an unusual civil case that hinged on a 1789 U.S. law, relatives of assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero sued a retired Salvadoran air force captain in U.S. federal court last summer. The military officer had been living in quiet exile in Modesto, Calif. Full Story

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