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Judge Sanctions Secret Service in Racial Discrimination Suit

There’s bad news in lawsuits. And then there’s really bad news. The Secret Service just got the really bad news.

By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — A federal magistrate judge has ruled that the U.S. Secret Service “made a mockery” of long-standing rules by failing to preserve, concealing and even destroying evidence sought by 10 African American current and former employees in a racial discrimination case.
In an opinion filed late Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, Judge Deborah A. Robinson effectively barred the agency from presenting a defense in the class-action lawsuit filed in 2000.
Robinson called the penalty an appropriate sanction for years of delay because the Secret Service’s conduct “prejudiced Plaintiffs’ ability to conduct meaningful discovery and prepare to address the merits of their claims.”
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