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Duncan Death Penalty Case Revisited

A prominent capital defense attorney who represented convicted killer Joseph Duncan during his death penalty hearing five years ago says Duncan’s bizarre beliefs “infected” their case. Judy Clarke was part of a team of attorneys who represented Duncan in 2008, when he was sentenced to death after admitting he kidnapped and tortured two North Idaho children before killing one of them in Montana. Clarke told U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge on Tuesday that she and the other attorneys didn’t realize the extent of Duncan’s mental problems when they first took the case. But she said they eventually understood that Duncan thought he was receiving revelations about his legal case through the television, books and once even through his mother’s decision to send a holiday package of sausage and cheese to him in jail/Rebecca Boone, AP. More here. (AP file photo)

DFO: I know. You're as sick to death of this monster as I am. Sorry.


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