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Open, closed courts at issue

Here’s a link to my story that ran over the weekend about the latest openness issues in the Joseph Duncan case. Duncan’s attorneys filed legal arguments in response to motions filed by The Spokesman-Review and other news organizations who had argued that the First Amendment requires that key evidence in the death penalty sentencing proceedings must be presented in open court. The defense argued for openness for videotape evidence, but a closed courtroom if Shasta Groene, Duncan’s only surviving victim, testifies. Meanwhile, there’s concern being raised that testifying would be traumatic for the young girl whether or not the courtroom is closed.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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