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Hamas Victims Can't Seize Artifacts, Supreme Court Rules

Law360, Washington (February 21, 2018, 11:30 AM EST) -- Victims of a 1997 Hamas bombing can’t seize ancient Persian artifacts held by the University of Chicago to satisfy a $71.5 million judgment against Iran, the U.S. Supreme Court held Wednesday in a unanimous decision.

Survivors and family members of those killed in a suicide bombing in a crowded Jerusalem mall had asked the high court to satisfy part of the judgment by seizing the Persepolis Collection held by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. The collection is made up of 30,000 clay tablets containing some of the oldest text in the world.

The Supreme Court rejected that request...

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2890 Other Statutory Actions

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October 19, 2016

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