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Klieman v. Palestinian Authority

Pending petition

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
19-741 D.C. Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether the Palestinian Authority-Palestinian Liberation Organization has the right to raise a due process defense under the Fifth Amendment—a defense that the Supreme Court has ruled unavailable to U.S. state sovereigns and that many courts have ruled unavailable to foreign sovereigns—while simultaneously asserting its status as a foreign sovereign in a case against the United States at the International Court of Justice, which handicaps Congress’ constitutional powers; (2) whether a court can override Congress’ intent to subject the PA-PLO under the Anti-Terrorism Act to civil litigation in U.S. courts, despite Congress’ constitutional authority to amend the jurisdiction of federal courts and protect Americans from acts of PA-PLO terrorism; and (3) whether the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause, which allows criminal prosecution of a terrorist who murders a U.S. citizen, as well any person or entity that supported the crime, would nonetheless bar a lawsuit by the victim’s family to impose civil liability on the same actors under the same U.S. Code section.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Sep 11 2019Application (19A296) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from October 6, 2019 to December 5, 2019, submitted to The Chief Justice.
Sep 16 2019Application (19A296) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until December 5, 2019.
Dec 05 2019Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due January 10, 2020)
Dec 20 2019Motion to extend the time to file a response from January 10, 2020 to March 13, 2020, submitted to The Clerk.
Dec 20 2019Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including March 13, 2020.
Jan 31 2020Supplemental brief of petitioners Estate of Esther Klieman, by and through its Administrator, Aaron Kesner, et al. filed.
Mar 13 2020Brief of respondents Palestinian Authority, et al. in opposition filed.
Mar 25 2020Motion of petitioner to delay distribution of the petition for a writ of certiorari under Rule 15.5 from April 1, 2020 to April 8, 2020, submitted to The Clerk.
Mar 26 2020Motion to delay distribution of the petition for a writ certiorari until April 8, 2020, granted.
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