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Va. man who lost hand in Army wins suit vs. FBI

Wednesday - 8/7/2013, 5:08pm  ET

MATTHEW BARAKAT
Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia man who lost his left hand in an Army training accident has won a lawsuit against the FBI claiming he was denied a fair chance to become a special agent.

Justin Slaby served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Stafford man lost his hand when a grenade prematurely detonated during a 2004 training exercise in Georgia.

Slaby, a 30-year-old Wisconsin native, had applied to become an FBI agent but said he faced discrimination at the FBI Academy in Quantico because of his prosthetic hand. He said the FBI required proficiency shooting a gun with his left hand when that requirement is not imposed on anyone else.

A federal jury in Alexandria ruled Wednesday in Slaby's favor and awarded him $75,000 for emotional pain and suffering.

An FBI spokesman declined comment Wednesday.


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