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L.A. federal judge tosses lawsuit over fatal 2008 shooting by off-duty deputy U.S. marshal

L.A. federal judge tosses lawsuit over fatal 2008 shooting by off-duty deputy U.S. marshal

A federal judge on Thursday threw out a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the mother of a 26-year old man fatally shot by a deputy U.S. marshal in a Fairfax-area alley in 2008.

Alice Smithen brought the civil suit against the federal government in 2009, but it was put on hold as former Deputy Matthew Itkowitz faced criminal charges.

He was sentenced in 2015 to 15 months in federal prison for obstruction of justice in connection with the shooting. Prosecutors argued that he made misleading statements to police shortly after shooting Smithen’s son, Ryan...

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