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Judge closes court during Duncan victim testimony

Joseph Edward Duncan III Joseph Edward Duncan III
BOISE, Idaho. - A federal judge has ruled in favor of closing the courtroom when the lone surviving victim takes the stand during the sentencing of convicted killer Joseph Edward Duncan III.
     

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Responding to motions filed by media, U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge said Tuesday the interests in protecting a minor victim from further harm and embarrassment outweighs the public's right to know.
     
Shasta Groene is the only survivor of Duncan's 2005 attacks on her family.
     
Duncan has previously pleaded guilty in state court to the slayings of Groene's mother, older brother and the mother's fiance.
     
In December, Duncan pleaded guilty to 10 federal charges in the kidnapping of Shasta, then 8, and her brother Dylan, and Dylan's murder. Three of those counts qualify for the death penalty.
     
Jury selection in the case is expected to resume Wednesday after a two-month delay.
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