Jaycee Du­gard loses court case against fed­eral pa­role of­fi­cials

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

A fed­eral ap­peals court de­cided by a 2-1 vote Fri­day that Jaycee Du­gard, who was kid­napped as a child and held by a parolee for 18 years, can­not hold fed­eral pa­role of­fi­cials li­able for fail­ing to su­per­vise her ab­duc­tor.

“Phillip Gar­rido, a parolee with a ter­ri­ble his­tory of drug-fu­eled sex­ual vi­o­lence, com­mit­ted un­speak­able crimes against Jaycee Du­gard for 18 years,” U.S. 9th Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals Judge John Owens wrote. “State and fed­eral au­thor­i­ties missed many op­por­tu­ni­ties to stop th­ese tragic events.”

Du­gard re­ceived a $20 mil­lion set­tle­ment from Cal­i­for­nia and sued the fed­eral govern­ment for sim­i­lar com­pen­sa­tion.

Gar­rido was on fed­eral pa­role when he and his wife kid­napped Du­gard near her home in South Lake Tahoe. She was 11.

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