In a recent filing, Susan Gellman, Phillip Garrido's attorney, claims that Phil is "mentally ill", and that caused him to kidnap and rape Jaycee Dugard for 18 years.
GELLMAN, WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON?
Garrido may have not watched TV for years, but he is all but parroting Brian David Mitchell's strategy of falsely claim ing mental illness. In Gellman's papers filed today, she claims that Garrido's acts are signs of mental illness, and not acts to intimidate Jaycee. Gellman stated in her papers that Phil has a "complete lack of sophistication".
Let's see? "Lack of sophistication"? Phil has done the following against Jaycee and her two kids:
1. Built an eight-foot fence around his backyard without pulling permits to prevent his neighbors, and others from seeing Jaycee, and her two kids.
2. Prevented Jaycee and her two kids from going to school and seeing a doctor.
3. Lied to Parole Agents about the backyard.
4. Lied to Parole Agents about Jaycee's two kids, saying that they were his brother's.
5. Lied to Parole Agents about why he was on Parole in the first place, so that he could be a "low-risk offender".
AND THAT'S JUST THE TIME HE HAD JAYCEE KIDNAPPED. It's doesn't include the acts in getting away with a 1972 rape, or all of his calls for leniency he concocted to get out of his 50-year Federal sentence he got in 1977 to begin with.
Phil and Nancy might as well wear Muslin garb, and panhandle in the streets, like Mitchell and Wanda Barzee did with Elizabeth Smart. IT IS NOT A MATTER OF ANY MENTAL DEFECT. Both Mitchell and Garrido used the same tactic. It's called deception. They didn't want to get caught, so they devised several acts in order to prevent Jaycee's and Elizabeth's rescue, and THEIR ARREST. How come Elizabeth was not found for nine months? Mitchell and Barzee forced Elizabeth to dress similar to a Muslim woman to hide her identity, and she was forced to use the name of "Augustine". The Garridos not only called Jaycee "Alyssa", but concocted all of these barriers to prevent Jaycee from escaping, and to keep Jaycee as their sex object and trophy. The person is a pedophile when the child they take and rape is considered an object, not a human being.
Phil and Nancy are probably going to end up with high-priced lawyers in the end, but not even Mitchell and Barzee have resorted to treating Elizabeth as "family". Phil's acts in trying to communicate with Jaycee are harassment, and even without Marsy's Law, the Judge should put an end with all of Garrido's bull shit once and for all.
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