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    Ninth Circuit proves that there was no Armenian genocide


    August 25, 12:15 PMLA Eurasian Affairs ExaminerJoe Ribakoff




    The most important component of a good legal education is learning to think like a lawyer. However, you can save a lot in student loans if you check yourself into a mental hospital instead. In Movsesian v. Versicherung AG, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals provides more proof of the benefits of a good legal education.

    Movsesian is a lawsuit about an interesting California law that allows the heirs of people killed during the Armenian genocide to sue the debauched opportunistic life insurance companies who have still not paid policy benefits to any of the victims’ families.

    Here is that interesting law in its full glory:

    (a) The following definitions govern the construction of this section:
    (1) “Armenian Genocide victim” means any person of Armenian or other ancestry living in the Ottoman Empire during the period of 1915 to 1923, inclusive. Who died, was deported, or escaped to avoid persecution during that period.
    (2) “Insurer” means an insurance provider doing business in the state, or whose contacts in the state satisfy the constitutional requirements for jurisdiction, that sold life, property, liability, health, annuities, dowry, educational, casualty or any other insurance covering persons or property to persons in Europe or Asia at any time between 1875 and 1923.
    (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any Armenian Genocide victom. Or heir or beneficiary of an Armenian Genocide victim, who resides in this state and has a claim arising out of an insurance policy or policies purchased or in effect in Europe or Asia between 1875 and 1923 from an insurer described in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a), may bring a legal action or may continue a pending legal action to recover on that claim in any court of competent jurisdiction in this state, which court shall be deemed the proper forum for that action until its completion or resolution,
    (c) Any action, including any pending action brought by an Armenian Genocide victim or the heir or beneficiary of any Armenian Genocide victim, whether a resident or nonresident of this state, seeking benefits under the insurance policies issued or in effect between 1875 and 1923 shall not be dismissed for failure to comply with the applicable statute of limitation, provided the action is filed on or before December 31, 2010.
    (d) The provisions of this section are severable. If any provision of this section or its application is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application.”

    The California legislature knows how to write a law, don’t you agree? Can’t you just read stuff like this all day? It certainly compares favorably to a James Fenimore Cooper novel.

    But, enough with this statutes as literature diversion. Back we go to the 9t Circuit Court of Appeal and its decision.

    Movsesian is a class action lawsuit by heirs of those who perished during the genocide. Brought under California’s Armenian genocide insurance law, the action seeks the money that the shameless defendant insurance company has still has not paid the families of the victims.

    The issue before the court in Movsevsian was not whether or not the plaintiffs’ forbearers are really still alive or whether they can prove that their forbearers paid their premiums before they were murdered in 1915. The issue is whether the law is preempted and therefore invalid.

    How’s that? How, why, who and what can invalidate California insurance law in such a way?

    Now, you will begin to observe the sophistication and nuanced thinking that comes with a good legal education.

    Why of course state law can be preempted. Although we have a federal form of government with a federal government with limited power, our federal government with limited powers has become all but unlimited in power and easily able to bully the states.

    Moreover, what is more important than US foreign policy? That’s right, nothing. And who is the dominate voice in US foreign policy? You’re right again, our president. So, can you imagine the situation in which presidential foreign policy is contradicted by a state’s insurance law? Such a situation is untenable. We cannot allow a state to have an insurance law that is contrary to presidential foreign policy. Therefore, if this California law contradicts US presidential foreign policy, then this law is void.

    Is this law contrary to US presidential foreign policy? Here again, the court’s unerring and sophisticated logic will astound you.

    US foreign policy is to promote human rights and oppose genocide. But, the court in its wisdom ignored this policy and instead determined that an important plank of President Obama’s foreign policy is to oppose th recognition of the Armenian genocide. It found that that this was an important part of President Obama’s foreign policy not by asking him, but because the presidents before him were against acknowledging that there was an Armenian genocide.

    But the court’s cognitive acrobatics do not end here. We still need to get to that part of the court’s complex legal reasoning on preemption: How can this California insurance law contradict President Obama’s foreign policy?

    According to the court, it contradicts President Obama’s foreign policy because if he opposes recognizing the Armenian genocide, then by law, it is factually determined that this genocide never happened. Because California’s insurance law could not exist if there was no Armenian genocide, it is contrary to presidential foreign policy and, therefore, preempted.

    Indeed, this is thinking like a lawyer at its finest.

    But, how is fine analysis different from Catholic Church’s decision to excommunicate Galileo or Josef Stalin’s decision to promote the fraudulent biological theories of Trofim Lysenko? Both the Church and Stalin also made their factual determinations based on policy.

    In Movsesian, the court elevates policy over fact. Instead of undertaking an investigation into whether there was an Armenian genocide, the court resolved the factual question by a policy analysis, which is always a superior way to determine facts.

    I am not exactly an expert on the Armenian genocide, but I have read the dispatches from US ambassador Henry Morgenthau. But, I guess his reports cannot be factually correct because they too are contrary to President Obama’s foreign policy and therefore are preempted.

    Next week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal will issue its long awaited decision on whether our foreign policy requires college professors to teach that the moon is made out of cheese and that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction.


    http://www.examiner.com/x-15391-LA-E...enian-genocide
    Last edited by Gavur; 09-18-2009, 03:23 PM.
    "All truth passes through three stages:
    First, it is ridiculed;
    Second, it is violently opposed; and
    Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
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