Slave Reparations Case Oral Arguments
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Farmer-Paellmann v. Brown and Williamson, a case involving slavery… read more
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Farmer-Paellmann v. Brown and Williamson, a case involving slavery reparations. The program began with a telephone interview from Chicago with Natasha Korecki talking about the case. The oral arguments were audio only with a still picture of each speaker shown on the screen. Madans and Pell argued against slave reparations. Wareham, Afran, and Ratliff argued in favor of reparations.
This case centers on whether the predecessor companies of J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, and 18 other corporate defendants extended loans to slave owners using slaves as collateral and if the predecessor companies of major insurance agencies, such as Aetna and Lloyds of London, wrote life-insurance policies on the lives of slaves with slave owners as the beneficiaries.
Deadria Farmer-Paellmann was the lead plaintiff in this case seeking to create a trust fund for the descendants of slaves. This case was dismissed by a U.S. District judge earlier in the year. The judge ruled that the plaintiffs had no standing and the statutes of limitation had run out. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Natasha Korecki Staff Correspondent Chicago Sun-Times->Federal Courts
- Alan Madans Attorney
- Owen Pell Attorney
- Richard A. Posner Judge U.S. Court of Appeals->Seventh Circuit
- Barbara Ratliff Attorney
- Roger Wareham Attorney
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