Utah Soldier and Widow Win Default Judgment in Lawsuit Over Battle in Afghanistan

Utah Soldier and Widow Win Default Judgment in Lawsuit Over Battle in Afghanistan

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah soldier wounded in Afghanistan and the widow of a soldier mortally wounded in the same battle have won a default judgment against the estate of a reportedly slain man whose son allegedly was involved in the battle.

The ten (M)million dollar lawsuit alleged that the father was an al-Qaida financier who failed to control his then-15-year-old son, Omar Khadr, and prevent him intentionally harming others. The estate assets were frozen by the U-S and Canadian governments and the United Nations.

Army Sergeant First Class Layne Morris of South Jordan, Utah, lost his right eye in the July 27th, 2002, battle. Three other soldiers were wounded and Sergeant First Class Christopher James Speer, 28, died ten days later from his injuries.

Morris said Khadr hid inside a compound waiting for U-S troops to come inside and tossed a grenade.

U-S District Judge Paul Cassell in Salt Lake City told the plaintiffs this week to submit evidence within 20 days that establishes the amount of damages they expect.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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