Published on November 14, 2018 | by LawNews
Prof. Julian Ku Quoted on Diplomatic Immunity in NBC News Story on Elliott Broidy Case
U.S. Says Defendant in Elliott Broidy Hacking Case Has Diplomatic Immunity
The ex-diplomat accused of helping steal and distribute GOP fundraiser Elliot Broidy’s emails is entitled to immunity, the U.S. government tells NBC News.
By Josh Lederman
Nov. 14, 2018
WASHINGTON — The former U.N. diplomat accused of helping steal and distribute Republican fundraiser Elliot Broidy’s emails is entitled to diplomatic immunity, the U.S. government tells NBC News. …
Julian Ku, who teaches international law at Hofstra University and isn’t involved in the case, says that ultimately, it’s up to the judge in the civil case to determine whether the immunity claim is legally valid. But he says that because diplomatic immunity claims are so rare, the courts generally follow the lead of the U.S. government.
“Most courts will defer to the State Department’s views on a question like this,” Ku says. “It’s not binding, but it’s super persuasive.”
Read the full article on the NBC News website.