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      Judge tosses lawsuit over NY troopers' conduct

      A central New York judge has dismissed a woman's lawsuit claiming she was sexually assaulted by off-duty state troopers at a suburban Syracuse hotel in 2005.

      The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that a state Court of Claims judge ruled the state couldn't be sued because the troopers were off-duty when the woman says two of them had sex with her in a hotel room.

      The troopers said the sex was consensual, but the woman claimed she was too drunk to consent.

      The Syracuse-area woman's lawyer argued that the state had a duty to protect her because it paid for the troopers' hotel room where troopers were housed while assigned to the State Fair outside Syracuse.

      A state investigation criticized the troopers' behavior but didn't find evidence that any crimes were committed.

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