Duncan's standby counsel want no part in jury selection - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Duncan's standby counsel want no part in jury selection

SPOKANE, Wash. - Former attorneys and present stand-by councel for convicted killer Joseph Duncan objected Friday, to being involved in jury selection for his death penalty trial.

Duncan says he'd prefer the judge to handle all the jury selection duties. The federal prosecutors say they see no legal reason why Duncan's standby counsel shouldn't do the job.
 
But the standby attorneys say they aren't able to effectively handle jury selection, since they'd be questioning the potential jurors based on the defense they'd present during the sentencing
hearing, not the one Duncan will present.

The judge who earlier this week ruled that Duncan can represent himself disagreed.

On the subject of Joseph Duncan accessing two computers police seized during their investigation, the judge ordered that his stand-by council help Duncan make his request more specific and re-file it.

Duncan's handwritten request to access seized computer files were released to the public Thursday and are posted here at KHQ.com.

Duncan faces the death penalty on three of 10 federal charges related to the 2005 kidnapping of two northern Idaho children and the slaying of one of them.

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