Hon. Robert Longstreth on Dugard v. United States: The U.S. Owes No Duty to the General Public to Control a Dangerous Parolee (PDF)
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Jaycee Dugard was abducted, imprisoned, and sexually abused for 18 years by a paroled rapist, who fathered her two daughters. After her rescue, Ms. Dugard received $20 million from California; then sued the U.S. for negligently allowing her abductor to remain free. The District Court dismissed her suit, holding that she was not a foreseeable victim of the alleged misconduct. Ms Dugard has appealed to the Ninth Circuit, which is likely to affirm.
The Hon. Robert C. Longstreth is a judge on the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Longstreth practiced with DLA Piper US LLP in San Diego, California, where he concentrated his work in environmental law and insurance law. Prior to joining DLA Piper, Judge Longstreth served as Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice, Torts Branch. He is a co-author of the leading treatise on the Federal Tort Claims Act, Jayson & Longstreth, Handling Federal Tort Claims (LexisNexis Matthew Bender). He received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and his law degree from Yale.
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