Jaycee Dugard Lawsuit Seen as a Long Shot. What Can It Accomplish?

By Goodale, Gloria | The Christian Science Monitor, September 23, 2011 | Go to article overview

Jaycee Dugard Lawsuit Seen as a Long Shot. What Can It Accomplish?


Goodale, Gloria, The Christian Science Monitor


Jaycee Dugard is suing the US, alleging 'gross neglect' by federal officers in charge of supervising the parolee who abducted her. A spokeswoman for Jaycee Dugard says proceeds from the suit would go to her charity.

Abduction and rape victim Jaycee Dugard's lawsuit against the US government, which challenges the principle that the government cannot be held responsible for the actions of federal officials, also raises the issue of violence against women and children.

Ms. Dugard was held for almost two decades, during which time she was repeatedly raped and gave birth to two children. Her lawsuit alleges "gross neglect" on the part of the federal parole officers in charge of supervising Phillip Garrido, the federal parolee who kidnapped her.

The case drew sensational headlines in 2009 when Dugard was discovered. Now 31, she was 11 years old when she was kidnapped from a South Lake Tahoe, Calif., street by Mr. Garrido and his wife in 1991.

She was taken to a home where she spent the next 18 years captive in a backyard tent. She gave birth to two daughters fathered by Garrido, who has since been sent to prison. He had been granted parole in 1988 after serving 11 years in prison for another kidnapping and rape.

Legal observers say Dugard's suit, which she filed Thursday morning in a San Francisco court seeking unspecified damages, is focusing a spotlight not only on her own case, but the larger issue of violence against women and children.

"Sunlight is the best disinfectant," says Andrew Stoltmann, a Chicago-based attorney. "Ms. Dugard is likely filing the suit to draw attention to the incompetence of parole agents who allegedly failed to properly monitor Garrido, with the hopes of preventing future cases similar to hers," he says.

According to a statement released Thursday by her spokeswoman, Nancy Seltzer, any award from the lawsuit would go to Dugard's private charity, the JAYC foundation, which assists families recovering from abduction and other trauma.

Mr. Stoltmann notes that Dugard has already received a large monetary award. In 2009, her family received a $20 million settlement through a state victims compensation fund after the California inspector general found that state corrections officials failed to properly supervise Garrido, whose parole case was handed over from federal officials to the state in 1999.

The US Department of Justice so far has no comment on Dugard's suit, according to spokesman Charles Miller, who notes, "we have not seen the papers yet. …

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