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Judge dismisses former FBI agent's lawsuit against Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Simply the last act in a rather tragic play. That's how a federal judge describes the failure of a former FBI agent and Youngstown city employee to make herself available for deposition in a lawsuit she filed against the city three years ago.

U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson included the phrase in her order dismissing the wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Sheila Lawson against Judge Elizabeth Kobly and other city officials.

According to court records, Lawson was employed with The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington D.C. office from July 2002 through July 2006 as a Special Agent, Acting Unit Chief, and Supervisory Special Agent.

Lawson served as Youngstown Municipal Court administrator from December 2008 until March 2009, when she was terminated.

In 2010, Lawson filed a $2.2 million federal lawsuit against the city claiming racial discrimination and retaliation.

On Monday, judge Pearson dismissed the suit saying Lawson has not complied with the defendants repeated attempts to make herself available for deposition.

In her order, Judge Person noted that the people named in the suit have spent almost three years attempting to defend themselves against Lawson's allegations which, without the Plaintiff's deposition, they cannot properly defend.

The judge had warned Lawson on two previous occasions that her failure to cooperate could lead to dismissal of the case.

Each party was ordered bear its own legal costs.

Lawson acted as her own attorney in the case.

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