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Family of Border Patrol Agent Slain in Fast and Furious Scandal Sues ATF for $25 million

3:04 PM, Feb 2, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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Eric Holder is currently getting grilled on Capitol Hill over the Fast and Furious gun running scandal. But the family of slain border patrol agent Brian Terry isn't waiting around for the Attorney General to come clean about the role the government played in Terry's death:

The family of murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry has filed a $25 million wrongful death claim against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives claiming Terry was killed with AK-47s that were knowingly sold under the Fast and Furious gunrunning probe to a straw purchaser for drug cartels.

In a 65-page complaint, served on the government on Wednesday, attorneys for the family claim ATF "wrongdoing" in Operation Fast and Furious.

“ATF's failures were not only negligent but in violation of ATF's own policies and procedures," the complaint claims.

It is very hard to imagine that Terry's family does not have very good legal standing to go after the government. It's also another richly-deserved headache for Holder and the Justice Department who have mishandled and downplayed this scandal from the beginning.

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