Jaycee Dugard Lawyers Accuse Feds of Witness Tampering

Jaycee Dugard accuses federal lawyers of witness tampering.

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    Jill Belsley/ABC News

    The Jaycee Dugard saga isn't over -- not until the kidnapping survivor's lawyers seek justice... against the United States Department of Justice.

     Attorneys for Dugard have asked a judge sanction federal Justice Deparment lawyers for witness tampering, according to the Associated Press. 
    DOJ lawyers convinced the former chair of the U.S. Parole Commission to stop serving as an expert witness for Dugard in her lawsuit against parole officials, her lawyers say. 
    Dugard is suing parole officials for failing to adequately monitor her captor, convicted rapist Phillip Garrido, who was on parole when he kidnapped and held Dugard captive behind his Antioch home for 18 years. The lawsuit lists reasons why parole officials should have cut Garrido's parole short, and also lists ways in which parole officials failed to adequately monitor his actions.
    Dugard and her daughters received a $20 million payout from the state of California.
    Carol Getty served as chair fo the U.S. Parole Commission from 1991 to 1992, the news source reported, and had worked with Dugard's attorneys for 50 hours to be an expert witness. On Aug. 1, however, she received a call from federal attorneys who told her that the lawsuit may affect her -- since she was on a parole board when Dugard was kidnapped -- and she should not be the witness.