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Duncan hearing will be open to public, media

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BOISE, Idaho. - The federal judge in the case against Joseph Duncan has decided to open Thursday's status hearing to the public and media. Defense attorneys had contended closing the hearing violated Duncan's right to a public trial and the public's right to access.

In a court document filed Tuesday, Duncan's defense team asked U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge to open a status conference to the public and limit the number of documents filed under seal. Contrary to his earlier position, Lodge has decided to open the status hearing.

Several news organizations, including The Associated Press and The Spokesman-Review, filed a lawsuit intended to keep the case open to the public.

Duncan, a convicted pedophile from Tacoma, Washington pleaded guilty in December to 10 federal charges related to his 2005 kidnapping of two young siblings, Dylan and Shasta Groene, and the murder of Dylan. The children were snatched from their northern Idaho home after Duncan fatally bludgeoned the children's mother, Brenda Groene, their 13-year-old brother Slade, and the mother's fiance, Mark McKenzie.



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1. Duncan's defense attorneys: court sealing too much
BOISE, Idaho. - Defense attorneys for convicted child killer Joseph Edward Duncan III say a federal judge is being overzealous in sealing court documents connected to his death row sentencing case. In a court document filed Tuesday, Duncan's defense team asked U.S. District Court Judge Edward...
 
2. Judge postpones Duncan sentencing again
BOISE, Idaho - A federal judge has delayed again the resumption of the sentencing hearing for convicted murderer Joseph Edward Duncan III. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge filed an order Monday granting a mental health expert two more weeks to determine whether Duncan is competent to serve as his...
3. Duncan death penalty delayed again
BOISE, Idaho - A judge has once again delayed the federal death penalty case for convicted murderer Joseph Edward Duncan III. An order filed by District Judge Edward Lodge states that mental health experts need at least two more weeks to determine Duncan's competency to stand trial. The court...
 
4. Duncan trial delayed further
BOISE, Idaho. - Jury selection in the case against Joseph Duncan has been delayed further due to a motion filed by the court that Duncan undergo further mental competency evaluation. Jury selection was delayed previously in April, when Duncan filed a request to proceed pro se (defend himself)....
 
5. KHQ&A: Do you think Joseph Duncan should be allowed to represent himself in ...
BOISE, Idaho - On April 16th Joseph Edward Duncan III asked a federal judge to allow him to act as his own attorney during his death sentencing hearing. Do you think he should be allowed represent himself? Scroll down, let us know why or why not. Your Responses: Yes I do believe that he should...
 
6. Duncan guilty pleas unlikely to be undone if he's ruled incompetent
BOISE, Idaho - Legal experts say the previous guilty pleas of confessed child killer Joseph Duncan will probably not be voided if he's found mentally incompetent to represent himself in his sentencing hearing. University of Missouri law professor Rodney Uphoff and Boise lawyer and former Idaho...
 
7. KHQ&A: Should Joseph Duncan get the death penalty?
Joseph Duncan pleaded guilty to ten federal charges in a Boise courtroom and said he accepts full responsibility for his actions, "even to death if necessary". Do you think Duncan should be sentenced to die? Why or why not? Your responses: yes I pray for little Shasta every day...
 
8. Jury selection delayed in Duncan trial
SPOKANE, Wash. - The judge in the Duncan trial delayed jury selection for the sentencing phase Monday due to Duncan's request to defend himself in the case. The judge ordered both the defense and prosecution to submit their positions on Duncan's motion to proceed pro se (defend himself) and that...
 
9. Doctors finish Duncan's mental evaluation
BOISE, Idaho - A psychiatric evaluation of convicted child killer Joseph Edward Duncan III has been completed, and a federal judge could decide soon if Duncan will be allowed to represent himself in his death penalty hearing. A jury is expected to decide this summer if Duncan should be imprisoned...
 
10. Judge says Duncan needs mental evaluation
BOISE, Idaho - In light of convicted child killer Joseph Duncan's request to represent himself in court, a federal judge ordered Friday that Duncan undergo a mental evaluation. Duncan says he needs to be his own attorney because his current legal team can't ethically represent his ideology. The...
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