Justices Ax Contractors' Torture Case Against Rumsfeld

Law360, New York (June 10, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to take up an appeal from two government contractor whistleblowers who tried to hold ex-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld personally liable for their alleged torture in Iraq, affirming a divided en banc Seventh Circuit decision.

The high court denied the petition for writ of certiorari from Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel without comment. Justice Elena Kagan, a former U.S. Solicitor General, took no part in the decision.

In November, the Seventh Circuit held that federal law does not provide a...
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