Critic: $20 Million Payment In CA Parole Case Was “Hush Money”


California taxpayers are getting nothing from the $20 million being paid to the family of Jaycee Lee Dugard for the failure to locate her for 18 years after her 1991 kidnapping, writes Bruce Maiman in the Sacramento Bee. Dugard was imprisoned by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Says Maiman: “It’s not our fault she was kidnapped, brutalized, raped and enslaved. Yet we’re paying the fine.”

He continues: “Your $20 million wasn’t just compensation for Dugard to head off a potentially larger judgment; it was hush money to keep quiet the failures that led to her ordeal.” Maiman says a jury trial could have created “a trail of responsibility as high up the chain as necessary and hold them to account.” Maiman accuses the state legislature, which approved the $20 million payment, of sweeping “this little package under the rug so it can pretend an incident like this will never happen again.”

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