DETROIT — The U.S. government is asking a judge to dismiss a $100 million lawsuit over the death of a Marine recruit from Michigan.
The government says military injuries or deaths can’t be turned into federal litigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Zak Toomey says Raheel Siddiqui’s death was a “tragedy,” and the U.S. Marines Corps has taken it “extremely seriously.”
Twenty-year-old Siddiqui died in 2016 in Parris Island, South Carolina. The Marine Corps said he took his own life by jumping from a stairwell after a confrontation with a drill instructor. The Corps also said it uncovered widespread hazing of recruits and young drill instructors dating back to 2015.
Sgt. Michael Eldridge is one of seven Marines referred to a court-martial for the Parris Island hazing scandal.
Siddiqui was from Taylor, Michigan. Attorney Shiraz Khan says the Marines withheld information about conditions at Parris Island.
A judge is meeting both sides on Jan. 18.