Human Rights Group Sides With Colorado Mom Over Lawsuit
DENVER (AP) – A human rights tribunal says justice was denied to Colorado woman who unsuccessfully tried to sue Castle Rock police for not enforcing a restraining order against her estranged husband, who killed their three daughters.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights says that Jessica Gonzales, who has remarried and uses the name Lenahan, should have been allowed to sue authorities after her ex-husband, Simon Gonzales, killed their children in 1999. Lenahan sought to sue Castle Rock for $30 million for not responding to her calls asking for her ex-husband to be located. The estranged husband killed the girls and later died in a shootout with police.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that Lenahan could not sue. The ACLU appealed to the human rights tribune, which has no legal authority.
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