7th Circ. Says Rumsfeld Can't Be Held Liable For Torture

Law360, New York (November 8, 2012, 1:45 PM EST) -- The Seventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that two former U.S. government contractors cannot hold ex-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld personally liable for their alleged torture in Iraq, the latest defeat for a private damages argument that has failed in two other circuits.

In an 8-3 decision, the circuit court held that federal law does not provide a private right of action for damages against military personnel and their commanders, meaning Rumsfeld cannot be held liable for the alleged torture of contractors Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel under...
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