Jaycee Dugard's lawyers want sanctions against DOJ

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Jaycee Dugard

SACRAMENTO - Attorneys for Jaycee Dugard, who survived 18 years of captivity, now want sanctions against the Department of Justice.

Dugard's attorneys are alleging that Department of Justice lawyers would have hurt their case involving Dugard's lawsuit against the federal government.

They're saying that D.O.J. lawyers convinced a key witness to back out from testifying on Dugard's behalf.

That key witness, according to the Sacramento Bee, was supposed to be Carol Getty, who served as chair of the U.S. Parole Commission at the time, and was going to be used as an expert witness in the case.

Dugard's lawyers allege that the Department of Justice convinced Getty to withdraw from testifying because she was already involved in the lawsuit itself.

The article states that Dugard's lawyers spent more than three months working with Getty on her testimony -- and that after the D.O.J. contacted her, she told Dugard's lawyers that she didn't want anything to do with them anymore, and hung up the phone.

Despite the fact that Dugard received a 20-million dollar settlement from the state from that federal lawsuit, Dugard's lawyers feel like the D.O.J. did something very wrong, and they want the judge to recognize that.

Convicted rapist Phillip Garrido and his wife abducted Dugard from a street in South Lake Tahoe in June 1991 when she was on her way to school.  She was 11 years old at the time.

The couple held her captive in their backyard where she was repeatedly raped and drugged.

Dugard gave birth to two daughters fathered by Garrido.

A hearing on this latest legal move is scheduled for September.


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