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Taggart v. State
Washington Supreme Court
822 P.2d 243 (1992)
Louie Brock assaulted Victoria Taggart (plaintiff) and Keith Geyman raped Shane Sandau (plaintiff). Both Brock and Geyman were out on parole at the time they committed their crimes and were supervised by parole officers employed by the state (defendant). Brock had a violent criminal history of attacking women and abusing alcohol. Brock missed counseling appointments, which was known when he was released on parole. Before Brock assaulted Taggart, Brock’s parole supervisor had failed to submit him to testing and failed to contact his employers or family members to learn of his progress or lack thereof. Before Geyman raped Sandau, Geyman had a violent past. His parole officer sought to put him back in prison for repeated violations but failed to submit the paperwork and to get a warrant submitted. Parole officers’ duties include regulating movements, requiring drug testing, being aware of criminal histories, monitoring progress, controlling the parolee, and preventing the parolee from inflicting harm. Taggart and Sandau filed suit against Brock and Geyman’s parole officers for their negligence. The cases were consolidated, and the state moved for summary judgment, which the trial court granted. Taggart and Sandau appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Callow, J.)
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