PLACERVILLE, CA - Accused kidnapper Nancy Garrido will continue to have two court-appointed attorneys representing her at least until late next month.
A decision to remove her original attorney, Gilbert Maines, has been delayed pending further review by a state appeals court. Maines is fighting allegations that he drunkenly boasted about plans to write a book about the Garridos.
El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister said he received one or more additional allegations in a fax on Friday, but declined to offer any further details. All of the complaints against Maines have been sealed during the appeals court review.
Phimister set Jan. 21 for further proceedings. In the meantime, Nancy Garrido's primary representation will come from court-appointed attorney Stephen Tapson.
Outside the courtroom, Maines defended his struggle to stay on the case. "Because she (Nancy Garrido) wants me," he insisted. "I think she's entitled to have the counsel of her choice."
Maines said he hadn't spoken directly with Garrido in over a month, but that her wishes had been communicated through the second attorney.
Phillip and Nancy Garrido are charged with the 1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard, then 11 years old. Dugard and two daughters fathered by Garrido were finally rescued from their backyard compound in Antioch in August.
Among those present at Friday's brief hearing was an early victim of Phillip Garrido. Katie Callaway Hall was kidnapped and raped by Garrido in 1976.
Callaway Hall said she knew nothing was likely to happen Friday, but made the trip from Las Vegas with her husband anyway. "Any day I can see that man in shackles is a good day for me," she said.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net