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Amy Senser civil suit resumes as attorneys meet in secret

Lawyers in a wrongful-death lawsuit against Amy Senser met on Friday to discuss whether a limited evidence-gathering process could continue. A judge had halted the evidence-gathering process in the civil case last year while Senser faces criminal charges. A lawyer involved said the discussion was confidential and did not say whether the judge had made a decision.
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Lawyers in a wrongful-death lawsuit against Amy Senser met on Friday to discuss whether a limited evidence-gathering process could continue. A judge had halted the evidence-gathering process in the civil case last year while Senser faces criminal charges. A lawyer involved said the discussion was confidential and did not say whether the judge had made a decision.

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