Lawyer again kicked off Jacyee Dugard case
January 8, 2010
SACRAMENTO (AP) – The lawyer seeking to represent one of Jaycee Dugard’s accused kidnappers has been again removed from the case.
Gilbert Maines has been fighting to keep his job as Nancy Garrido’s court-appointed defense lawyer since this fall, when he was removed from the case by El Dorado Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimster over conflict-of-interest allegations.
He won a reprieve last month when an appeals court ordered Phimster to either to reinstate Maines or to provide more evidence showing why he should be kept off the case.
But in an order Thursday, the Sacramento appellate court vacated its order. The court said its earlier judgment was made moot by new evidence presented to the El Dorado judge. That evidence has been sealed.
Maines tells The Sacramento Bee he may appeal if Garrido wants him to keep trying to stay on the case.
An e-mail message to Maines by The Associated Press wasn’t immediately returned.