DULUTH (WKOW) -- A mother from Minnesota says she's suing the federal government for returning a letter she mailed to her son in Iraq with the words "deceased" on it, even though he was still alive.
Joan Najbar is claiming emotional distress and negligence in a lawsuit she filed last month in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.
In September 2006, she sent her son the letter, and it was returned several weeks later with the red stamp.
After contacting the Red Cross, she learned her son had not been killed.
In 2008, the U.S. Postal Service found no evidence of negligence after Najbar riled a claim. The government hasn't issued a response yet.
Najbar's attorney says he suspects the stamp may have been the consequence of an anti-war protest she took part in on the steps of a Duluth post office days before the letter was returned.
Online reporting by Thomas Strieker.
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