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DENIED: 9-11 Widow's Petition to U.S. Supreme Court

Updated February 19, 2013

The petition of 9-11 widow Ellen Mariani to the U.S. Supreme Court has been denied.

I received the following notice today:

2/19/2013 -- The Ellen Mariani Legal Defense Fund has been informed by Bruce Leichty, Ellen Mariani's attorney, that the Supreme Court has denied the petition of Ellen Mariani as of 2/19/2013. No explanation has been received to date, nor would it be customary any explanation to be provided. The docket entry shows that Justice Alito did not take part in the consideration of the petition, meaning that Justice Sotomayor apparently did take part, despite Mrs. Mariani's disclosure that Justice Sotomayor had been part of a panel at the 2nd Circuit sitting on a motion relating to the case.

As of this time, there has still been no ruling from the Second Circuit on whether sanctions will be imposed on Mrs. Mariani and Mr. Leichty.

Mrs. Mariani and Mr. Leichty convey their sincere thanks to the Committee members and particularly Vincent Gillespie, Secretary-Treasurer, for their support, without which this attempt could not have been made. We are extremely gratified by the many expressions of support, both financially and otherwise, we received from backers of the Legal Defense Fund.

The cause of 9/11 truth continues, despite this significant setback. May the groundswell increase in other ways. Please keep Mrs. Mariani in your thoughts as she and her attorney now must face what will be acrimonious personal attacks and an assault on Mrs. Mariani's recovery rights in New Hampshire probate court.


Ellen Mariani’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court has been filed. The petition can be read by clicking here. The U.S. Supreme Court docket can be reviewed by clicking here.  The first response from the court is scheduled to occur on Christmas Eve, 
December 24, 2012.

MARIANI APPEAL TO U.S. SUPREME COURT - The Ellen Mariani Legal Defense Fund Committee raised the funds needed to file the Mariani petition with the United States Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has created a docket page on the Court's website, so the public can follow the course of the petition. 

See:  "Last-minute donation keeps hope alive for 9/11 widow’s appeal" by Craig McKee at:


They set it up perfectly.

A government “compensation fund” would pay off most families of 9/11 victims, preventing them from ever suing anyone for what happened to their loved ones.

And those who didn’t take the money would be pressured into accepting out-of-court settlements. Everyone would be kept quiet with gag orders and non-disclosure clauses, and the truth about 9/11 would never come out in a courtroom. Brilliant.

And it worked perfectly – except for Ellen Mariani.

The widow of Louis Neil Mariani, a passenger on Flight 175, which is alleged to have flown into the south tower of the World Trade Center, has been fighting to get to the truth about what happened to her husband that day.

Most have taken the money and gone away. Mariani is the last family member still fighting in the courts...

"And then there was one: Supreme Court is the last hope for 9/11 widow Ellen Mariani” by Craig McKee, September 21, 2012

A press release about her plan to get a Supreme Court review can be read here.

Mariani lost her husband, Neil Mariani, on 9-11.  She was the first 9-11 relative to file a wrongful death lawsuit.  All of the 9-11 wrongful death cases were settled out of court.  Not a single 9-11 family who wanted to have a trial to determine who was accountable for their loss had their day in court.  Every case was settled in out-of-court agreements that left every 9-11 relative gagged.  Nobody can talk about anything.

Mariani, an outspoken fighter for 9-11 truth, was removed from her own lawsuit by lawyers who were actually working for the airlines she was trying to sue.  Mariani is now trying to take her case to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mariani's case shows how the judge, Alvin K. Hellerstein, and her lawyers had blatant conflicts of interest and colluded against her.

See:  Ellen Mariani Legal Defense Fund at:

Press Release about plan for a Supreme Court Review at:

Background Reading:

A 9-11 Widow's Quest for Truth,, August 2, 2005

Judge Hellerstein's Unethical Connection to Key Defendant in 9-11 Lawsuit,, May 10, 2010

Widow's Motion Exposes 9-11 Judge's Ties to Israeli Defendant ICTS,, May 2, 2012 

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