Jaycee Dugard and her mother have filed claims against California’s Department of Corrections, seeking unspecified (but exceeding $25,000) financial damages for suffering they endured due to lapses by parole and other officials overseeing Philip Garrido, the man charged with abducting then-11-year-old Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years. Legal observers tell KCBS-AM that the move is a likely precursor to lawsuits.
In another development today in the case, a judge ruled that Garrido and his wife, Nancy, will be allowed two brief phone conversations. Officials had denied the calls, the AP reports, citing a burden on staff; the judge agreed with lawyers’ contentions that the Garridos should be allowed to discuss the case, Dugard, and the two young girls Philip Garrido fathered during her captivity.
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