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Supreme Court rules in favor of terror victims

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of victims of terrorism and their families, clearing the way for them to collect nearly $2 billion from the central bank of Iran.

The court decided Congress had not exceeded its authority when it passed a law aimed specifically at securing such restitution.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for a 6-2 majority, upheld the law that the victims had relied upon.

“(The law) provides a new standard clarifying that, if Iran owns certain assets, the victims of Iran-sponsored terrorist attacks will be permitted to execute against those assets,” she wrote. “Applying laws implementing Congress’ policy judgments, with fidelity to those judgments, is commonplace for the Judiciary.”

At issue was whether Congress exceeded its authority when it passed a law aimed specifically at the case while it was pending in the courts.

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