Army Vet’s 22-year Battle for Justice

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In the late 1950s, the United States Army and the CIA secretly and illegally gave LSD to unwitting soldiers. The soldiers only learned that they had been LSD guinea pigs when notified by the government in 1975—some 20 years after the fact.

When U.S. Army veteran James Stanley received his notice from the government, he hired attorney John Romano, who filed suit against the United States Government in 1977. After years in the trial court, one trip to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, two to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, one to the United States Supreme Court, and multiple parades through the halls of Congress promoting a “Private Claims Bill,” Mr. Stanley finally received justice when the U.S. Congress passed a bill paving the way for him to be compensated by the U.S. Government.

Following passage of the claims bill and a 22-year battle, the case went to arbitration in 1997, a proceeding that was carried live on Court TV. Thanks to the extraordinary help of appellate attorney Rick Kupfer, Mr. Stanley’s case resulted in a significant compensatory award.