On a cool morning in September 2004, Marietta subcontractor Jack Hensley performed a daily ritual: he walked out of his house in United Arab Emirates to start the generator for he and the other subcontractors living there while they helped rebuild Iraq. But this morning was different.
Jack was surrounded by al-Quaida militants and, along with his fellow housemates, abducted. A few days later, Jack was gruesomely beaten and beheaded. His death played out in a video that played across international television screens.
Left to pick up the pieces, Jack’s widow, Pati, and daughter turned to BLG for justice. In a trial that took place in the United States District Court of the District of Columbia, BLG partners Roy E. Barnes and John F. Salter sued the country of Syria for aiding and supporting the terrorists who abducted and killed Jack.
Judge Rosemary Collyer awarded Pati and the family of another slain American subcontractor over $400 million in damages in 2008. After two years, the appeals process has finally concluded.
As partner John F. Salter stated, “It is an extraordinary testament to the fortitude of these families. No one should ever have to witness a family member suffering such unspeakable brutality. They hoped the judge’s order would send a message. Together, I think we did exactly that.”