Jean v. Dorélien, 1987-2009

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Scope and content:

This Case File includes filed pleading and appeals documents, discovery files, evidence files, and trial transcripts. After the CJA served Dorélien with court documents in early 2003, Dorélien initiated a transfer of his lottery winnings to Lump Sum Capital in November 2003. As a result, filed court materials contain many documents relating to Dorélien's lottery winnings and Lump Sum Capital LLC. Audiovisual materials include one cassette tape of an interview in Haitian Creole.

Materials in this collection may include violent acts, including firsthand accounts and descriptions of torture and violent deaths. Discovery and photo exhibits in this collection may include images of torture, deceased persons, and skeletal remains.

Biographical / historical:

Carl Dorélien was a colonel in the Haitian military during the 1991 coup against President Aristide. In 1994, Dorélien commanded armed forces that attacked and killed pro-Aristide citizens during what is now referred to as the Raboteau massacre. In 2003, the CJA filed a civil suit against Dorélien after he fled to the United States and won a $3.2 million Florida lottery. In addition to successfully arguing for Dorélien to be convicted of crimes against humanity, the CJA secured $580,000 from Dorélien's lottery winnings for their clients and other survivors of the Raboteau massacre.

Parts of the Historical Note were adapted from the CJA's website: "Crimes Against Humanity Under Haitian High Command: Jean v. Dorélien" https://cja.org/what-we-do/litigation/jean-v-dorelien/ (accessed April 14, 2022).

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