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Across the Nation: Oregon man sues over ‘dangerous’ llama

Oregon man sues over ‘dangerous’ llama

MEDFORD, Ore. — An Oregon man is suing farm owners after he broke his leg in a confrontation with their llama.

Justin Stranberg, 33, is suing for $332,675, saying the owners of Holleywood Farm failed “to warn of the dangerous propensities of the llama.”

An attorney for the farmers argues the man caused his own injuries and was trespassing.

According to the lawsuit he filed in fall 2015, Stranberg was horseback riding in Medford with his daughter when the llama went under a partial fence and confronted them.

He says he slid off the horse to avoid an expected confrontation between the animals, fracturing bones in his lower leg when he landed.

 

Utah settles with sex offender who claimed disability

SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah has agreed to pay $60,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a former inmate who claims prison officials violated his rights to equal protection by discharging him from sex offender therapy because of his disability.

Richard Ramirez was sentenced to five years to life in 1996 for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy. He was eligible for parole upon completion of a sex offender treatment program.

Ramirez’s lawsuit alleges he was removed from the program because he was unable to understand the required readings and written assignments. Court documents say he has an IQ of 68.

Ramirez was released in 2014 after completing an individualized treatment program.

The Department of Corrections says it will continue working to meet the needs of inmates with disabilities.

 

Court rejects lawsuit by kidnapping survivor Dugard

SAN FRANCISCO — An appeals court says the U.S. government cannot be held responsible for the 1991 abduction of Jaycee Dugard, who was held by a federal parolee for 18 years.

Dugard had sued, alleging that federal officials should have revoked the man’s parole prior to her kidnapping. Phillip Garrido had been convicted of a previous rape and abduction.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that Dugard wasn’t Garrido’s victim at the time he was placed under federal supervision. The court said U.S. authorities only have a duty to protect victims of parolees under their supervision.

Garrido kidnapped Jaycee from a California street in 1991 when she was 11 and kept her captive in a backyard compound, where he repeatedly raped her.

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