Garrido: Cops Trampling Dugard's Civil Rights
Kidnap victim denied free speech, access to attorney, suspect writes to local TV reporter
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2009 9:33 PM CDT
This Aug. 28, 2009, photo shows Phillip Garrido.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Phillip Garrido says the woman he’s accused of abducting as a child and holding captive for 18 years is being denied civil rights as part of the ongoing investigation, he writes in a letter to Sacramento’s KRCA-TV. Jaycee Dugard’s “free speach [sic] rights are being violated,” Garrido says in urging reporter Walt Gray to step in, and she was “repeatedly denied access to have an attorney present during questioning.”

Gray attempted to speak to Garrido today for further details, but Garrido wouldn’t talk without his attorney present. Not surprisingly, the attorney put the kibosh on the interview request, saying she’d repeatedly told Garrido not to talk to the media, and that she’d tell him again in no uncertain terms.