Monday, June 23, 2008

Cert. Grant: Ministry of Defense v. Elahi

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States granted the petition for certiorari in Ministry of Defense and Support for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran v. Elahi (No. 07-615). The petition is here; the brief in opposition is here; the petitioner's reply is here; the amicus brief of the United States is here. The opinion below - that of the Ninth Circuit - is here. Here's the question presented by the petition:
Is an attachment against foreign sovereign property permissible when that property is "at issue in claims against the United States before an international tribunal," and that property is not a "blocked asset," pursuant to the terms of the 2000 Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act and the 2002 Terrorism Risk Insurance Act?