The horrible case of Imette St. Guillen -- for whose rape and murder bouncer Daryl Littlejohn (pictured
) was convicted
in June, and is now serving life without parole
-- returns to public attention, as a federal judge has ruled that St. Guillen's family can sue the U.S. government
on the grounds that they afforded the public insufficient protection from Littlejohn, a parolee from an earlier federal robbery conviction. Littlejohn was hired as a bouncer at The Falls, where he met and abducted St. Guillen; the terms of his supervised release prohibited him from taking such a job, and the argument is that U.S. Probation and Pre-Trial Services knew Littlejohn was a threat -- a state parole board had once called him "a menace to society
" -- and if he were being properly supervised by them, his illicit employment would have been detected
and Littlejohn taken off the job. The Brooklyn District Attorney is reviewing the decision.