Wednesday Apr 21 2010
Dugard’s location to be secret
By: Penne Usher Telegraph Correspondent
Judge grants protective order for Jaycee and her two young daughters
PLACERVILLE — An El Dorado County Judge granted a protective order for kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard and her two daughters during a hearing April 15. Judge Douglas Phimister said he would allow defense attorneys for Phillip and Nancy Garrido to speak with Dugard’s new attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, however would not allow the victim’s address or phone number be provided to the defense. The Garridos are accused of kidnapping Dugard and holding her captive for nearly two decades. Dugard was kidnapped at a bus stop near her home in South Lake Tahoe on June 10, 1991, and wasn’t found until her alleged captors, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, brought her and two children into a police station in Concord, according to authorities. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson, who is prosecuting the case, asked the court not to provide copies of videotaped interviews by child abuse investigators of Dugard and her two daughters, who were reportedly fathered by Phillip Garrido. Pierson said he did not want the tapes copied because no images of the daughters, ages 12 and 15, have yet surfaced publicly. Judge Phimister ruled the defense could obtain copies of Dugard’s interview and review her daughter’s interviews at the District Attorney’s Office. Dugard’s newly retained attorney was a highly visible member of the O.J. Simpson defense team and worked closely with Johnnie Cochran on high-profile civil and criminal cases. She also represented actress Lindsey Lohan. She was not present for the most recent hearing. Dugard, missing since 1991, had spent the last 18 years in a ramshackle tent compound in the backyard of the Garridos’ Antioch home. She has yet to make a public appearance since reuniting with her family. Nancy and Phillip Garrido have pleaded not guilty to 29 felony counts of kidnapping, rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment. The Garridos are scheduled to return to El Dorado County Superior Court May 20 for further proceedings. The judge also set Oct. 7 for the couple’s preliminary hearing.