Jaycee Dugard Hires Celebrity Lawyer

Tuesday, Apr 6, 2010  |  Updated 6:00 PM PDT
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Kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard has hired celebrity lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley to represent her and the two daughters, according to court documents filed Monday in El Dorado County Superior Court.
     
Holley, who is with the Santa Monica-based law firm Kinsella,  Weitzman, Iser, Kump and Aldisert, was a member of the O.J. Simpson defense team and has represented numerous celebrities, including Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton, according to her Web site.

She filed a motion Monday stating that Dugard and her daughters, who were fathered by Garrido,  intend to assert their rights under Marsy's Law and object to any disclosure of confidential information concerning them to Phillip and Nancy Garrido's attorneys.

Under Marsy's Law, also known as the Victim's Bill of Rights Act of 2008, victims have the right, among other things, to prevent the  disclosure of confidential information to the defense or anyone working on  their behalf.
     
In February, Dugard's daughters were assigned court-appointed  attorneys to represent them, but Holley has stated that she has been retained to represent them instead and has advised them not to speak to their court-appointed attorneys.
     
Garrido, 58, and his wife Nancy Garrido, 55, are accused of  kidnapping Dugard from in front her South Lake Tahoe home on June 10, 1991, when she was 11 years old.
     
For the next 18 years, the couple allegedly held Dugard captive in the backyard of their home just outside Antioch, where Dugard was allegedly raped repeatedly and gave birth to two daughters fathered by Phillip Garrido.
     
Phillip and Nancy Garrido's next court hearing is April 15 in  Placerville.

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