Skip to comments.Judge lets victims' kin take S.F. to court
Posted on 09/14/2009 1:03:16 PM PDT by SmithL
SAN FRANCISCO -- The family of a father and two sons who were slain in San Francisco last year can go to state court with a claim that the city is to blame for failing to turn their alleged killer over to immigration authorities when he was arrested earlier as a juvenile, a federal judge has ruled.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera had asked U.S. District Judge Susan Illston to rule on the claim herself after dismissing the rest of the suit last month by Tony Bologna's widow and daughter. But Illston said Friday that the remainder of the family's case - that the city's negligence caused the killings - belongs in Superior Court because it is based on state law and challenges San Francisco's policies.
Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, were shot to death near their home in the Excelsior district in June 2008. Edwin Ramos, 22, is charged with murdering them.
Ramos, a native of El Salvador whom prosecutors describe as a member of the MS-13 gang, was arrested twice as a juvenile, for an assault in October 2003 and an attempted purse-snatching in April 2004. Juvenile courts sent him to a shelter after the first incident and to the city-run Log Cabin Ranch in the Peninsula hills after the second.
Case records don't show whether police or juvenile courts knew that Ramos had entered the United States illegally. But under juvenile authorities' interpretation of the city's sanctuary policy at the time, they would not have passed that information along to federal immigration officials. Federal authorities learned of Ramos' status later but did not take him into custody for deportation proceedings.
The family's lawsuit says the city was responsible for the shootings because its policy allowed Ramos to go free.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
The only way to a Liberal’s heart is through his wallet.
If the Bologna’s win a huge lawsuit, the city will have a fiduciary responsiblilty to its residents to change its sanctuary policy.
And before you say they will just let the illegals go, consider all illegals, not just Mexicans. What would happen if the illegal you let go was one of the 9/11 hijackers (remember they had all either entered illegally or had overstayed their visas). Your city could be on the hook for billions of dollars of damages. And the full financial and legal resources of some other city backing the claim.
"Tony Baloney?" Why would a mother do that to a son?
What a wierd earring.
Kinda takes the Excelsior out of the Excelsior District, if you know what I’m sayin’.
Not to mention what will happen to other cities.
There are probably thousands of such cases that could be filed against the city of Los Angeles. It could be a huge Class Action suit: hundreds and hundreds of millions in damages. Billions even....
We'll see if the justice system is up to the task of providing justice for Americans who were hurt because of their government's willful malfeasance.
I would have NO PROBLEM AT ALL with allowing the Army to cordon off the city, emptying it out, and holding the illegal aliens (invaders) and their enablers in city government (traitors, providing aid and comfort to, and adhering to, our enemies).
Nah, that's the angel that sits on his shoulder.
Houston is a sanctuary city. We have lost 2-3 (more?) police officers to illegal aliens. Not to mention the many, many regular civilians raped and murdered by trash like this one in SF.
That a judge let this suit go forward is huge.
Personally I don't see how Mrs. Bologna can ever be compensated. It was heartbreaking to see her on TV, as she said, "those men were my whole life".
This may be the only way of ending this stuff. Lawsuits seem to be the only thing that wake a person up.
Think of all the illegal alien drunk driving accidents, etc.
“SAN FRANCISCO — The family of a father and two sons who were slain in San Francisco last year can go to state court with a claim that the city is to blame for failing to turn their alleged killer over to immigration authorities when he was arrested earlier as a juvenile, a federal judge has ruled. “
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