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Torts Keyed to Miller
Galanti v. United States
Citation:709 F.2d 706 (1983)
Vivian Galanti’s (Plaintiff) husband, Isaac, was shot to death while he was inspecting a property that belonged to a man named Roger Underhill. Underhill was a key government witness in a government investigation of a convicted felon and fugitive. Underhill had been in frequent contact with Paul King, Jr., the FBI Agent in charge of the investigation. King was aware that several earlier attempts were made by Thevis to have Underhill murdered. King considered Underhill to be in a danger and arranged for him to enter a witness protection program. However, Underhill refused to enter the program until he was able to sell the property in Fulton County and continued to visit the property despite King’s warnings. On the night before the murders, Underhill called King and told him he would be showing the property the next day to Galanti, who had responded to his newspaper ad about the property. However, King made no effort to contact and or warn Galanti of the potential danger and he did not arrange for surveillance of the property that day. Galanti sued the United States for negligence.
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