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Jaycee Dugard's Federal Lawsuit Over Kidnapping Rejected by Appeals Court

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In this Tuesday, May 7, 2013 file photo, Jaycee Dugard, right, who was abducted as a child and held for 18 years, and her mother, Terry Probyn, appear with their Hope Award at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children annual Hope Awards in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

By    |   Thursday, 17 Mar 2016 08:55 AM

Jaycee Dugard's lawsuit against the federal government for not revoking her abductor's parole before he kidnapped her was rejected by an appeals court Tuesday.

According to The Associated Press, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling 2-1 that parole officials could not be held liable for the 1991 incident.

Dugard was 11 years old when she was kidnapped from a California street by Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy. Over the ensuing 18 years, she was held in a backyard compound, where Garrido repeatedly raped her, resulting in two daughters.

In 2009, Garrido took Dugard and the children to a meeting with his parole officer, resulting in them being freed.

Garrido was on parole at the time, following a stint in prison for a 1977 kidnapping and rape conviction of a 25-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman he held in a storage facility.

He was granted parole after serving 11 years of his sentence.

Dugard claims that parole officials should have returned Garrido to prison for any number of parole violations, such as testing positive for drugs and alcohol.

Chief District Court Judge William Smith dissented from the ruling, saying the government should have been held liable.

Dugard and her children previously received a $20 million settlement from the state of California following the criminal convictions of Garrido and his wife.

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