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26 Sep 2007

Rutgers Newark Online [USA]

Rutgers Law Professor Penny Venetis to Argue for Jama Plaintiffs in Human Rights Trial Set to Begin on September 26

Penny Venetis, clinical professor of law at Rutgers School of Law–Newark...will present opening arguments today in the first case to apply international human rights standards to a U.S. corporation for events that took place on U.S. soil. Jama et al. v. Esmor Correctional Services, Inc. will be heard in Newark by Senior District Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey…. The plaintiffs…are nine political asylum seekers who, while awaiting processing of their asylum claims in an Elizabeth, NJ detention center run by Esmor, were subjected to horrific physical and psychological abuse.