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Supreme Court to hear case of innocent Valencia couple

Listed as child abusers after false allegations

Posted: February 23, 2010 12:07 p.m.
Updated: February 23, 2010 12:10 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Los Angeles County must pay damages to a Valencia, Calif. couple listed as child abusers even though they were declared innocent years ago.

The court on Monday agreed to review the county's claim that the state is at fault for failing to remove Craig and Wendy Humphries from California's Child Abuse Central Index.

The two were arrested by sheriff's deputies nine years ago after their rebellious daughter accused them of abuse. State courts ruled the allegation was false but they remain on the list of 800,000 names.

In 2008, a federal appeals court found the system unconstitutional because there's no way for the innocent to clear their names. It ordered the state to come up with a new system and the county to pay damages.


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