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Sutherland Springs victims can sue federal government for mass shooting, Texas judge rules

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A federal judge in Texas has said victims of the 2017 church massacre in Sutherland Springs can sue the U.S. government for its role in the shooting. [Dallas Morning News]
A federal judge in Texas has said victims of the 2017 church massacre in Sutherland Springs can sue the U.S. government for its role in the shooting. [Dallas Morning News]

AUSTIN — A federal judge in Texas has said victims of the 2017 church massacre in Sutherland Springs can sue the U.S. government for its role in the shooting.

U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez's Thursday ruling is a huge victory for the nine families in the case, which allows them to put federal authorities on trial for alleged negligence.

"The ruling affords what we've known all along, and that is that these families' and victims' claims against the government are valid and just," Jamal Alsaffar, an attorney for four of the families, told The Dallas Morning News. U.S. District "Judge [Xavier] Rodriguez's very thorough ruling allows these families to finally seek and have their day in court and seek accountability from the government."

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