No. 02-7085.

353 F.3d 1024 (2004)

Elizabeth A. CICIPPIO-PULEO, et al., Appellants, v. ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN and Iranian Ministry of Information and Security, Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

Decided January 16, 2004.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Thomas L. Gowen argued the cause for appellants. With him on the briefs were James J. Oliver and Steven J. McCool.

Stuart H. Newberger argued the cause for amicus curiae Blake Kilburn in support of appellants. With him on the brief were Michael L. Martinez, Laurel Pyke Malson and F. Ryan Keith.

Elizabeth B. Wydra, Supervising Attorney, argued the cause as amicus curiae in support of the District Court's judgment. With her on the brief were Steven H. Goldblatt, Director of the Appellate Litigation Program, appointed by the court, and William J. Brown, Varu Chilakamarri, and Ruthanne M. Deutsch, Student Counsel.

Douglas Letter, Litigation Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, argued the cause for amicus curiae The United States. With him on the brief were Peter D. Keisler, Assistant Attorney General, Roscoe C. Howard, Jr., U.S. Attorney, Gregory G. Katsas, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, H. Thomas Byron III, Attorney, and Mark A. Clodfelter, Attorney, U.S. Department of State.

Before: EDWARDS, RANDOLPH, and GARLAND, Circuit Judges.

Opinion for the Court filed by Circuit Judge EDWARDS.

HARRY T. EDWARDS, Circuit Judge:

This case involves a lawsuit brought against the Islamic Republic of Iran ("Iran") under the terrorism exception, 28 U.S.C. § 1605(a)(7), to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act ("FSIA"), 28 U.S.C. §§ 1330, 1602-11 (2000). The plaintiffs in the suit are the adult children and siblings of Joseph J. Cicippio, a victim of terrorist hostage-taking. Joseph Cicippio...

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