Federal appeals court rules for Mexican on torture claim

Mar 29, 2015 10:48 AM by News Staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal appeals court has overturned decisions that put the burden of proof on foreigners who claim they were tortured in their home countries to show they cannot safely return to another part of the country they fled.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday that it is neither the responsibility of the petitioner nor the government to determine if it is safe for the person to return to another part of the country than where the torture occurred.

An expanded panel of judges in San Francisco ruled for a man whose claim to remain in the United States was denied because he failed to prove he would be unsafe in any part of Mexico.

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