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Wounded Army Veteran Justin Slaby Awarded $75,000 in Damages for Lawsuit Against FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A U.S. Army veteran who sued the FBI after saying the bureau removed him from a training academy because of his prosthetic left hand was awarded $75,000 in damages Wednesday, the Washington Post reports.

The federal jury in Alexandria determined Justin Slaby, whose hand was blown off by a grenade during a military training accident in 2004, was capable of performing his duties in spite of his disability.

Slaby’s attorney said his client plans to still become a special agent.

“It’s a historical case,” said John Griffin, one of the lawyers who represented Slaby. “A jury has now spoken and said people should be evaluated on their abilities and not on their appearances and not on what happened to them during a war.”

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Deliberations Reach Second Day in Discrimination Suit Involving Missing Arm

Justin Slaby

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jurors may decide as early as today whether Army Ranger Justin Slaby, who had his arm blown off, was unfairly denied a job with the FBI because of his prosthetic arm, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Deliberations of the eight-person jury began Tuesday.

Slaby, 30, says he was fired after the FBI discovered he had a prosthetic arm.

In the trial, the FBI’s attorneys contended Slaby’s prosthetic arm was a hindrance.

Slaby said he performed well on the tests and was unfairly discriminated against.

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Jury to Decide Whether Prosthetic Hand Made Man Unfit for FBI in Discrimination Suit

Justin Slaby

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Was a former Army Ranger who had his hand blown off in a training accident unsuitable for the FBI?

A jury is expected to make that decision today in the discrimination case filed by Justin Slaby, who said he was ejected from an FBI training academy after authorities learned he had a prosthetic arm, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Slaby attempted to show in court that his disabled hand was as capable to fire a weapon and perform other duties as a real hand.

FBI instructors and trainers said Slaby was unable to safely fire a gun, a claim that Slaby denies.

Slaby said after the trial that he’s remaining strong.

“I have no emotions or feelings right now, I’m just kind of focused,” he told a reporter. “I’ve been continually thinking that it’s amazing this had to come this far. It didn’t need to happen.”