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Government Argues It's Not Liable for Soldier's Death

Government Argues It's Not Liable for Soldier's Death

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U-S government is asking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the father of a soldier who died during training.

The government argues it can't be held liable for the soldier's death because of a 1950 Supreme Court ruling.

Jon Purcell of Provo filed a lawsuit earlier this year alleging extreme negligence by Marine superiors in the death of his son.

Private First Class Jeremy Ross Purcell was shot in 2002 by another Marine who had mistakenly loaded his rifle with live rounds for a training exercise that was supposed to involve only blanks at Camp Pendleton in California.

The lawsuit seeks more than 75-thousand dollars for the 19-year-old's death.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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