State of Idaho: Kern v. Tarver and State of Idaho (1992)


Bill Marler represented Amber Kern, an 11-year-old Coeur d’Alene girl who was kidnapped and molested by a convicted pedophile in 1992, in a lawsuit against police and probation officers from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The lawsuit also named her abductor, Richard John Tarver.

Amber 9 when Tarver took her from a Spokane Valley mobile home park, drove her to Salt Lake City and molested her along the way. The federal suit alleged the Coeur d'Alene Police Department and one of its sergeants, were negligent and precipitated the kidnapping.

The suit alleged negligence and civil rights violations against the state of Idaho, the city of Coeur d’Alene, Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Cutler, Washington State, Oregon, three Western Washington community corrections officers, an Oregon officer, and up to 10 more people.

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