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Judge: Immigration Agents Can Be Sued For Deporting Mentally Disabled US Citizen

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File photo of ICE agent. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

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COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge in Georgia says a lawsuit can proceed against five immigration agents in the case of a mentally disabled U.S. citizen who was deported to Mexico.

An order filed Saturday denied a motion to dismiss due process and unreasonable seizure claims against five U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The judge also says claims against the United States for false imprisonment, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress can go forward.

Lawyers for Mark Lyttle filed suit in October 2010 claiming immigration agents manipulated Lyttle into signing documents allowing his deportation.

Other claims that weren’t part of a motion to dismiss are also pending.

An ICE spokesman didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment Tuesday.

The judge dismissed claims against Obama administration officials and three other ICE agents.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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