Nancy Garrido's defense attorney removed from Dugard case

Nancy Garrido's court-appointed attorney has been removed from the case, pending a possible appeal later this month, court records indicate.

The move took place last Thursday in a secret court hearing during which only Nancy Garrido, defense attorney Gilbert Maines, court staff and security officers were present, according to El Dorado County Superior Court records.

A court order issued the day before the hearing indicates that "the court is in receipt of confidential evidence," but there is no indication of what it might be.

The hearing itself was held behind closed doors, and afterward Judge Douglas Phimister ordered Maines relieved as Garrido's attorney. The judge also ordered that Maines' removal be stayed until Nov. 30 and that if an appeal is issued it will be sealed.

All records of the Thursday hearing also were ordered sealed.

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