Skip to comments.Elian (Gonzalez) Assault Trial Set for Monday
Posted on 01/22/2005 1:21:27 PM PST by wagglebee
MIAMI (AP) _ A federal judge has set a Monday trial date for the claims of a dozen people who said they were wrongly assaulted by federal officers during the raid that removed Elian Gonzalez from his family's home.
The plaintiffs say they were innocent bystanders who were gassed and beaten outside the home during the early morning raid on April 22, 2000.
U.S. District Judge Michael Moore set the trial date Friday.
"I think the public's going to be surprised that elderly people were gassed while praying the rosary," said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, which represents 11 of the plaintiffs.
The federal government's attorney did not return a message seeking comment Friday.
Elian was one of three survivors of a November 1999 shipwreck that killed his mother and others fleeing Cuba. He was turned over to his Miami relatives while his custody situation was resolved.
The raid took place after government officials said the family refused to return the boy so he could be taken back to his father in Cuba.
Are clinton and Janet Reno named in the suit?
the judge is Michael Moore? I think I'd change my name. So seriously, why is this happening so many years later and what could the outcome be? Is it for $$ or what?
I hope so, they damn sure should be!
That's a photo that is SEARED into my memory.
Klinton and Kreno at work.
Same here. Sure didn't help Gore in the 2000 election either.
Ping re: the excesses of Clinton/Reno.
Thank g-d, they weren't given the WACO treatment.
I pray justice is not denied in this instance.
The family still had litigation before the court on this matter, when federal agents stormed the family residence.
Due process is either a reasoned concept or it isn't. Evidently the Clinton administration deemed that it wasn't.
A final decision from the highest court in the land should have been handed down, BEFORE federal agents were turned lose on Elian's relatives. Even then, the family should have been given the opportunity to hand Elian over in an orderly manor, after all appeals had been reviewed and denied.
There are valid claims by both sides regarding who should have been given final custody of Elian. The courts and not the Clinton administration should have had the final say on the matter.
I remember at that time a Senator urged the family to go to a church and stay there. That the government could not come in there. But they trusted their legal reps. Legal reps who were working both sides of the story. What was his name who was clintons lawyer and took their case on?
Is there any information or news about how Elian Gonzales is doing in Cuba today; is he with his father?
Or the Sammie and Vickey Weaver treatment
I haven't heard any, and any news out of Cuba would hardly be reliable.
Amazing that it has taken this long to actually come to trial.
Justice delayed is justice denied.
He's a Castro Zombie...he's been fully indoctrinated....with drugs to help the indoctrination. He hasn't lived with his father for years.
Greg Craig is a mango tree lawyer. He was Reno's pimp.
"Sure didn't help Gore in the 2000 election either."
I hope the thugs involved are held personally culpable. This was worse than Abu Ghraib.
Nevertheless, we should be grateful because Gore/Clinton/Reno's fascist response gave Florida to GW, and us, and the nation, and gave GW to the world.
Eight years of George Bush is "Elian's revenge."
I have no doubt Reno would have resorted to shooting anyone who was not incapacitated by the sudden attack of tear gas and overwhelming force.
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