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Duncan case goes back to the courtroom

Condemned killer Joseph Duncan will be back in an Idaho federal courtroom in January, for a two-week hearing on whether he was mentally competent when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge is now sorting through issues relating to experts who will testify; he issued a ruling last week on that. You can read a full report here from AP reporter Rebecca Boone. Duncan’s defense attorneys say the crux of the case is whether Duncan suffered from religious delusions or merely held unusual religious beliefs, according to court documents. More here. Betsy Russell, EOB

I know this a legal matter, but honestly do you really care whether Duncan suffered from relgious delusions or merely held unusual religious beliefs?

KREM: Shasta Groene Breaks Silence

Shasta Groene is no longer the little girl that captured the hearts of the Inland Northwest by surviving a terrifying ordeal in which her mother, her mother's boyfriend and two brothers were murdered by Joseph Duncan. She's now a 16-year-old high schooler. KREM2 provides a story and exclusive interview with Shasta today. She tells KREM: “A lot of people, when they hear my name, they kinda get shocked that I've grown up so much. But I use my name and what I've been through to help people.”And: “I mean it's something that is in the back of my mind every day. I've thought about it every day, but it's something that helps me stay strong every day …because not a lot of people have survived what I have been through.” You can see the video and what Shasta looks like today by clicking this KREM2 link.

Thoughts?

Groene’s Dad Sues Fund Manager

A woman who administered a bank account for donations given to benefit two North Idaho children kidnapped seven years ago is being sued by their father, who says she mismanaged the funds. The Coeur d’Alene Press reports Steven Groene, shown in AP file photo, filed the lawsuit in 1st District Court late last week against Brandy Hoagland. Hoagland is Shasta and Dylan Groene’s aunt and the administrator of a fund created after the children were kidnapped by Joseph Edward Duncan III. Duncan eventually killed Dylan and returned to Coeur d’Alene, where Shasta was rescued. In the lawsuit, Groene contends Hoagland has refused to account for the money donated by the public. Groene also contends she failed to use roughly $48,000 in the best interests of the children/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Am I the only one saddened by this story?

Groene Finds Voice In Social Media

(Steve) Groene wants a national one-strike law for violent sex offenders.  And he is getting support.  In less than a week Groene's Facebook page for his son's Dylan and Slade has tripled in followers.  Groene's boys were two of Duncan's five murder victims.  His daughter Shasta was tortured but survived.  Groene believes a one-strike law may have saved his family.  “Who's to say that if this hadn't been done to my boys that one of them might not have been president some day and been the best president this nation ever had,” said Groene/KREM. More here. (SR file photo: Betsy Russell)

Question: Should there be a national one-strike law for violent sexual offenders?

California Delay Duncan Trial 1 Year

Item: California murder trial for Joseph Duncan delayed one year/John Asbury, Riverside Press Enterpris

More Info: In court last week, Duncan, who is representing himself, told the court he would not be ready to go to trial by November, if at all. He said he still needed thousands of pages of evidence from the district attorney’s office that have not been turned over. Riverside County Superior Court Judge David Downing said he wanted the case to go to trial no later than September 2011. He ordered prosecutors to have the evidence given to Duncan by January or February.

Question: Will Joseph Duncan ever be put to death for his sex crimes against children and the murder of Shasta Groene’s family?

PM: David Duke To Visit Sandpoint

“My photogenic & fellow sun-loving friend Stephanic Smith enjoys the lazy river at Boulder Beach/Silverwood Theme Park,” posts Kerri Thoreson/OnLocation North Idaho. “Although Silverwood Theme Park is open weekends through September, Labor Day weekend is the last chance to splash in their Boulder Beach waterpark.”

EOB: Duncan To Face California Jury

Joseph Duncan, whose crimes against a North Idaho family in 2005 shocked the state, should stand trial for a 1997 child abduction and murder in California, a judge there has ruled. Duncan, who faces a possible fourth death sentence, is again asking to act as his own attorney. You can read the full story here at spokesman.com/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.

Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, how interested are you now in stories about child molester/murderer Joseph Duncan (with 1 being not interested at all)?

Duncan Extradited To California

Joseph Duncan, the notorious serial killer and child molester whose attack on a Coeur d’Alene family shocked the state, has been extradited to California, where he faces another possible death sentence for the 1997 kidnap and murder of 10-year-old Anthony Martinez. Earlier, Duncan received three death sentences in federal court in Boise for the kidnap, torture and murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene of Coeur d’Alene, and multiple life sentences for the murders of Dylan’s mother, mother’s fiance and 13-year-old brother, and for the kidnap and molesting of his then-8-year-old sister Shasta, the only one to survive Duncan’s 2005 attack on the family/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think the prosecutor in California is trying to gain the notoriety of prosecuting Duncan, who already is on Death Row? Or is he trying to serve justice?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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