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Judge asked to open hearing in CdA teen’s case

An attorney for KHQ asked an Idaho District Court judge to open Tuesday’s preliminary hearing for a 14-year-old accused of killing his father and younger brother.

“That preliminary hearing is occurring right now, and the press and the public are excluded,” attorney Joel Hazel of Witherspoon Kelley told Judge Richard Christensen.

The TV station was appealing the earlier decision of Magistrate Judge Clark A. Peterson to close the hearing for Eldon Gale Samuel III, who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the March 24 slayings inside a Coeur d’Alene emergency housing unit owned by St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho.

Christensen made no decision Tuesday, but said he would consider KHQ’s request after reviewing a transcript of Peterson’s decision. Since the Samuel hearing already has taken place, Christensen’s decision will determine whether a transcript of the hearing will become a public record, Hazel said.

Do you think this hearing should be open? Why or why not?

McCrory Lawyer Wants Witness Fee

As you may recall, Christa Hazel demanded a witness fee and mileage when she was subpoenaed by attorney Arthur B. Macomber to testify in the contempt of court case filed against Macomber’s client, Bill McCrory (as a side show in the long-running Jim Brannon lawsuit against Mike Kennedy). Judge Charles Hosack dismissed those charges. Now, Macomber has sent a letter to Christa asking that she return the witness fee because she didn’t have to testify or drive to the courthouse. And Christa, through attorney husband, Joel Hazel, is telling Macomber to pound sand. Responds Joel Hazel to Macomber: “It is certainly not my wife’s fault that you mistook a 4 p.m. status conference for a trial (Never in my 16-year law practice has a court set a trial at 4 p.m.)” Joel goes on to say his wife endorsed the witness fee check and turned it over to Mike Kennedy’s defense fund. So she doesn’t have the $21.46 to turn over to Macomber. “As such,” writes Joel, “the $21.46 will not be returned.” I’ll have links to letters in a few moments.

Question: Should Christa return the witness fee?

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