SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge says a couple’s defamation lawsuit against a Northern California city can proceed after a kidnapping so bizarre that police initially called it a hoax.
U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley ruled Wednesday that a reasonable jury could eventually decide that Vallejo investigators’ conduct was extreme and outrageous.
Police discounted the story told by Denise Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, after she reappeared following her kidnapping in 2015.
She said she was drugged and dragged from their home, while Quinn described being bound and drugged by a man who claimed to be part of a band of “gentleman criminals.”
Police realized the couple was telling the truth only after the perpetrator, disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney Matthew Muller, was implicated in another crime. He’s serving a 40-year prison term.
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