We have some major updates on the Witness Iraq lawsuit related to the legality of the Iraq War.
On May 20, 2014, the Northern District of California (pictured here) dismissed the original complaint with leave to file a Second Amended Complaint by June 9, 2014. We filed a Second Amended Complaint on that day – to our knowledge, the most comprehensive legal document ever written regarding the planning and execution of the Iraq War, in violation of international law.
We also filed a request for an evidentiary hearing – permitted by law – so that we can submit evidence to the Court regarding the civil immunity of the defendants. The Court is concerned that the Defendants are potentially immune from this type of civil lawsuit. This is the issue that we must address in the coming weeks in the legal papers.
As Iraq descends further into chaos, it is our belief that only justice will prevent future bloodshed – in Iraq, and elsewhere – regarding the use of illegal military force.
Stay tuned as we await further briefing from the Department of Justice.