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Collection Summary

Historical Background

Contents of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

Guide to Letelier v. Republic of Chile Briefs, 1980-1993



Collection Summary

Creator: Buffone, Samuel J., Tigar, Michael E.
Title: Letelier v. Republic of Chile Briefs
Dates: 1980-1993
Abstract: This collection contains legal briefs pertaining to the Letelier v. Republic of Chile case.
Size: 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin,
727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705-3224, (512) 471-7263

Historical Background

On December 21, 1976, a car bomb exploded on Washington, D.C.’s Massachusetts Avenue, killing Orlando Letelier and his aide, Ronni Moffitt, and severely wounding Michael Moffitt. At the time, Letelier, the former Chilean ambassador to the United States, had been living and working in the U.S. as an exile following his release from imprisonment by the Chilean army. Investigation into the murder concluded that the attack was a politically-motivated assassination committed by nine people with close connections to Augusto Pinochet and the Chilean military regime.

Amongst the nine alleged assassins, only one, Michael Vernon Townley, was convicted on criminal murder charges. Letelier v. Republic of Chile was the subsequent attempt by Isobel Morel de Letelier and others to hold the government of the Republic of Chile accountable for punitive and compensatory damages via a default judgment granted by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Initially, the judgment allowed for an execution against the assets of the New York-based Chilean National Airline (LAN). Former University of Texas School of Law professor Michael E. Tigar was among the initially successful prosecutorial team. The appellate court reversed the decision, claiming that LAN could not be held accountable for damages, as it was a corporate entity distinct from the Chilean government that did not knowingly capitulate with the military regime’s plans for the assassination.

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Contents of the Collection

This collection contains legal briefs and documentation pertaining to the 1980 court case, Letelier v. Republic of Chile.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

The collection and any reproductions of the collection are made available for the purposes of private study, scholarship, and research only.

Tarlton Law Library does not hold the copyright to the materials, unless it has been transferred to the library by the creator. It is the researcher's responsibility to determine the copyright status and to obtain permission from the copyright holder before publishing any materials from the collection.

Some collections may contain sensitive or confidential information protected under federal and state privacy laws. The researchers are encouraged to report any such information to staff.

The University of Texas at Austin is not responsible for violations of intellectual property rights and any other laws or for liability to any person for defamation or invasion of privacy that result from unauthorized use of the collection by the researcher.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Letelier del Solar, Orlando, 1932-1976.
Subjects (Organizations)
United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Subjects
University of Texas. School of Law--Faculty.
Places
New York (NY.)
Washington, D.C.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Letelier v. Republic of Chile Briefs, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Samuel J. Buffone and Michael E. Tigar, attorneys for plaintiffs, 1993.

Processing Information

Finding aid by Katy Telling, 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

box folder
1 1 Letters of Transmission, November 1993
2 Printed Decisions, 1980-1992. Topics in International Law, Fall 1993. Professor Tigar, Readings on Letelier v. Republic of Chile, November 1, 1993
3 Determination of the Amount of Compensation to be Awarded with Respect to the Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt, Presentation of the Government of The United States of America, Vol. I, October 3, 1991
4 Determination of the Amount of Compensation to be Awarded with Respect to the Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt, Presentation of the Government of The United States of America, Vol. II, October 3, 1991
5 Comments of The United States Government on the Observations submitted by the Government of Chile on November 7, 1991, November 19, 1991
6 Observations of the Government of Chile to Presentation of the Government of The United States concerning the amount of ex gratia compensation to be determined by the international commission established in the treaty and agreement for the settlement of difficulties between both governments over the cases of the deaths of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt, November 1991
7 Rejoinder on Behalf of the Chilean Government to the Comments Presented on November 19, 1991 by The United States Government, November 30, 1991

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