Judge Orders Russia to Pay $50K Per Day in Contempt Sanctions

17 Jan 2013 2:12 PM | Anonymous

Judge Orders Russia to Pay $50K Per Day in Contempt Sanctions
Updated at 2:37 p.m.

A Washington federal judge today ordered the Russian government to pay $50,000 for each day officials refuse to comply with a court order calling for the return of Jewish religious texts seized in the early twentieth century.

U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth issued today's opinion (PDF) over objections from the U.S. Department of Justice, which argued that the court didn't have the authority to enter sanctions and warned that it could threaten U.S. foreign policy interests. Lamberth wrote that the court could issue contempt sanctions that would not attach to Russian property on Russian soil.


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