Corrie lawsuit against Caterpillar dismissedThe US Court of Appeals for the 9th circuit has dismissed the lawsuit against Caterpillar Corporation, the manufacturer of the D-9 bulldozer that turned ISM terror supporter Rachel Corrie into a pancake.
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In its opinion, the court said that because the United States government financed (and finances) the purchase of Caterpillar equipment, the lawsuit dealt with a political question, and therefore was non-justiciable, affirming the lower court's ruling. Here's the key passage:
It is not the role of the courts to indirectly indict Israel for violating international law with military equipment the United States government provided and continues to provide. “Any such policy condemning the [Israeli government] must first emanate from the political branches.” Vatican Bank, 410 F.3d at 561. Plaintiffs may purport to look no further than Caterpillar itself, but resolving their suit will necessarily require us to look beyond the lone defendant in this case and toward the foreign policy interests and judgments of the United States government itself.