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Feb 24, 2010 9:56 AM

SF judge tosses victims' kin's suit against city

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A San Francisco judge says the family of a man and his two sons who were murdered in 2008 cannot hold the city responsible for their deaths.

Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard Monday threw out the suit filed by the family of Tony Bologna and his sons, 20-year-old Michael and 16-year-old Matthew. Authorities say they were shot to death on a San Francisco street in June 2008 by Edwin Ramos, a suspected illegal immigrant from El Salvador.

Bologna's widow and daughter argued that the city was responsible for the shootings because it failed to turn Ramos over to federal immigration authorities after earlier arrests.

But Woolard said cities cannot generally be held liable for protecting people against crimes.

The Bologna family's lawyer, Matthew Davis, says he will appeal.

Ramos has pleaded not guilty.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,


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