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Wed., April 10, 2013, 8:15 a.m.

Senator’s wife overstepped role in murderer’s lawsuit

A federal judge has ruled that a state senator's wife overstepped her role as a legal assistant and had an “inappropriate” relationship with a convicted murderer who is suing the Idaho Department of Correction for sexual harassment.

In November, Renee McKenzie, wife of Republican Sen. Curt McKenzie of Nampa, was appointed by a federal court to help Lance Wood, who was imprisoned for life for his role in the 1988 kidnapping and torture slaying of a gay man in Utah. She was an adviser, not an attorney, and prison officials decided in February she was overstepping the bounds of that relationship. They had intercepted a letter the inmate wrote to McKenzie, which they determined was “clearly of a personal nature.” More here. Betsy Russell, EOB

"But in a March 9 phone conversation monitored by prison staff, McKenzie told Wood, “I love you,” and indicated that she wanted to spend her life with him..." The relationship between the two isn't clear.

I've often wondered why do women fall in love with inmates?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.