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Bancoult (deportation/exile of the Chagos Islanders).

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No. 06-502 Title: Olivier Bancoult,
et al., Petitioners
Robert S. McNamara, et al.
Docketed: October 11, 2006
Lower Ct: United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Case Nos.: (05-5049)
Decision Date: April 21, 2006
Rehearing Denied: July 11, 2006


DateProceedings and Orders
Oct 9 2006Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due November 13, 2006)
Nov 9 2006Order extending time to file response to petition to and including December 13, 2006.
Dec 13 2006Brief of respondents Robert S. McNamara, et al. in opposition filed {29kb.html, 99kb.pdf, source, 2006, menu}.
Dec 27 2006Distributed for Conference of January 12, 2007.
Jan 4 2007Reply of petitioners Olivier Bancoult, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Jan 16 2007 Petition denied.
“Tuesday, January 16, 2007 (Order list: 549 U.S.”) (“Orders without opinion” “Certiorari Denied”) {174kb.pdf, 32kb.html}.  CJHjr


Attorneys for Petitioner:
Michael Edward Tigar 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Suite 206 C
Phone: (202) 274-4088
Party name: Olivier Bancoult, et al.
Attorneys for Respondents:
Paul D. Clement Solicitor General
United States Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Phone: (202) 514-2217
Party name: Robert S. McNamara, et al.

Source: http://www.supremecourtus.gov/docket/06-502.htm (Supreme Court of the United States, Washington D.C.). Note: The documents in this case are not available online from the Court. A photocopy can be purchased from the Court Clerk for $0.50 per page.

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This case: Bancoult v. McNamara, complaint filed, Dec. 20 2001, refused to adjudicate, 370 F.Supp.2d 1 (D.D.C., No. 01-CV-2629, Dec. 21 2004), appeal docketed, Feb. 22 2005, affirmed refusal to adjudicate, 445 F.3d 427 {justia, altlaw, 147kb.pdf, copy} (D.C. Cir., No. 05-5049, April 21 2006), petitions to rehear and en banc filed, June 5 2006, denied, July 11 2006, petition for certiorari docketed, Oct. 11 2006, refused to review refusal to adjudicate, certiorari denied, 549 U.S. — (U.S., No. 06-502, Jan. 16 2007).

See also:

Queen v. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ex Parte Bancoult, [2000] EWHC Admin 413 {copy, related cases} (High Court of England and Wales, Administrative Court, Case No: CO/3775/98, November 3 2000, judges: John Grant McKenzie Laws (lord justice, Court of Appeal), Richard John Hedley Gibbs (justice, Queens Bench)) (not appealed).
Chagos Islanders v Attorney General Her Majesty's British Indian Ocean Territory Commissioner, [2003] EWHC 2222 (QB) {1.7mb.html} {copy} (High Court of England and Wales, Queens Bench Division, Case No: A2/2004/0224, October 8 2003, judge: Duncan Brian Walter Ouseley), affirmed, [2004] EWCA Civ 997 {copy} (Court of Appeal, England and Wales, Case No: A2/2004/0224, July 22 2004, judges, Elizabeth Butler-Sloss (president), Stephen John Sedley, David Edmond Neuberger (lord justices)).
The Queen on the Application of Louis Olivier Bancoult v. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, [2006] EWHC 1038 (Admin) {copy} (High Court of England and Wales, Divisional Court, Administrative Court, Case No: CO/4093/2004, May 11 2006, Hooper (Lord Justice, Court of Appeal), Cresswell (Justice, Queens Bench)), affirmed, Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs v. The Queen (on the application of Bancoult), [2007] EWCA Civ 498 (Court of Appeal, England and Wales, Case No: C1/2006/1465, May 23 2007, judges, Anthony Peter Clarke (master of the rolls), Stephen John Sedley, George Mark Waller (lord justices)), reversed, R (on the application of Bancoult) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Appellant), [2008] UKHL 61 {source, 278kb.pdf, bailii} (House of Lords, Wednesday October 22 2008, 9:45am), Law Lords appellate committee split decision 3-to-2: Lords Hoffmann, Rodger of Earlsferry, Carswell, dissenting, Bingham of Cornhill, Mance (“Subject matter: Royal prerogative; Abuse of power; Validity of British Indian Ocean Territory Orders in Council; Constraints upon prerogative power to legislate for colonies; Legitimate expectation”).

Commentary: Escaping justice: Why the United States has a free hand to wage crimes and torts against foreigners. Are foreigners entitled to an eye-for-an-eye? “Diego Garcia: The Criminal Question Doctrine,” “Bancoult v. McNamara,” “The Criminal Tort Doctrine” (complicity of U.S. federal judges in U.S. government violent crimes and intentional torts) (a “crime,” beyond judicial discretion).

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Charles Judson Harwood Jr.

Posted March 25 2008. Updated May 7 2009.


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