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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

Steele witness sentenced for car theft

A key defense witness for imprisoned murder-for-hire plotter Edgar Steele has been sentenced to prison in Washington for stealing cars. Daryl J. Hollingsworth, 41, pleaded guilty this week to two counts of second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission and was sentenced to 22 months...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011

Edgar Steele: I didn't defecate myself

Before he was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday, Edgar Steele told the court he wanted his lawyer at trial to show jurors the underwear he was wearing when he was arrested to dispute FBI claims that he may have defecated himself. Steele said...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2011

Sandpoint attorney Edgar Steele talks with the media about the McGuckin children of Sagle and how he now represents the family at a news conference Thursday evening in Sandpoint, May 31, 2001.  (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Judge denies Steele's new-trial motion

A federal judge has denied Edgar Steele's motion for a new trial. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill denied the motion in an order filed today. Read his 18-page ruling here. Steele, 65, is to be sentenced Wednesday by Winmill in Coeur d'Alene. Prosceutors are...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011

Feds want Ed Steele to serve 50 years

A North Idaho attorney convicted of hiring a hitman to kill his wife should spend 50 years in prison for his "chillingly calculated" crimes, prosecutors said in recent court filings. Edgar J. Steele, 65, is to be sentenced Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. in U.S....

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THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2011

Steele asks for new murder-plot trial 

The recently disbarred lawyer who defended North Idaho attorney Edgar Steele at his murder-for-hire trial says he acted ineffectively because he was distracted by his own legal problems. Robert McAllister said his thinking process during Steele's trial in Boise, which ended with his conviction on...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011

Edgar Steele disbarred in Washington 

Idaho attorney Edgar Steele won’t be representing any Washington clients from his jail cell. The Washington Supreme Court suspended Steele Wednesday from practicing in the state pending disciplinary proceedings that could result in disbarment. Steele faces at least 30 years in a federal prison for...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011

Edgar Steele's lawyer disbarred in Colo.

The Colorado lawyer who defended Edgar Steele in his murder-for-hire case has been disbarred. Robert T. McAllister agreed this week to give up his law license after he acknowledged misusing client funds on two occasions unrelated to Steele's case, according to a document signed in...

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

Steele may sue over jail book policy 

SANDPOINT, Idaho — A North Idaho attorney convicted by a federal jury for his role in a plot to kill his wife has filed a tort claim against Bonner County, alleging the jail’s policy for providing books to inmates violates his religious freedoms. Edgar Steele,...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

Document details Steele's trial request 

Edgar Steele's lawyers have 10 reasons he should receive a new trial, including alleged untimely production of Larry Fairfax's notes, errors in admitting the video tapped deposition of his alleged Ukrainian love interest, and newly discovered evidence about the viability of the explosive device. Federal...

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

Edgar Steele requests new trial

A North Idaho attorney convicted last week of hiring his handyman to kill his wife and mother-in-law has requested a new trial. Lawyers for Edgar J. Steele, 65, filed a motion for a new trial Thursday in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene. The motion...

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THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

Did Cyndi Steele read Fairfax's diary? 

Edgar Steele's lawyers, Robert McAllister and Gary Amendola, obtained selections of Larry Fairfax's handwritten journal notes last week after U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued a ruling he now says was a mistake. Now prosecutors are investigating whether McAllister and/or Amendola orders by allowing...

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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

Sandpoint attorney Edgar Steele talks with the media about the McGuckin children of Sagle and how he now represents the family at a news conference Thursday evening in Sandpoint, May 31, 2001.  (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Jury convicts Edgar Steele on all counts 

Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson is pictured after the verdict. In back, from left to right, are two unidentified officials, Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci Whelan, FBI Special Agent Mike Sotka and Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Haws. Above that photo is a slideshow of photos showing...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011

Jury in Steele case asks to deliberate late

Eleven women and one man will continue deliberating Thursday in the murder-for-hire trial of Edgar J. Steele in U.S. District Court in Boise. Deliberations began about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday and ended about 7 p.m. The jury asked to hear the recordings and tapes played at...

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Steele's defense points to Fairfax set up

There's no doubt that the federal government has evidence in its case against Edgar Steele, his lawyer says, but all that evidence points back to Larry Fairfax, who claims to have been hired by Steele to kill his wife and mother-in-law. The pipe bomb strapped...

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Defense rests; Ed Steele doesn't testify 

Defense lawyers in the Edgar Steele murder-for-hire trial rested their case this morning without calling Steele to the stand. Lawyers are working on jury instructions now. Closing arguments are expected today. Prosecutors predicted their argument will take an hour. Steele's defense said they will take...

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Fairfax to call book 'An Act of Defiance'

Larry Fairfax, the main witness in the Edgar Steele murder-for-hire trial, plans to write a book based on the case called "An Act of Defiance: Built on Lies and Deceit by the FBI." Daryl Hollingsworth, who met Fairfax and Steele in the Bonner County Jail,...

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Edgar, Cyndi Steele allowed to meet today

Edgar Steele will be allowed to visit with his wife and alleged victim today before deciding if he will testify today in his murder--for-hire trial in U.S. District Court in Boise. Steele's lawyer, Robert McAllister, said his client requested the meeting. "At this time i...

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

Expert may not testify; Steele still could  

A defense expert who says he found anomalies in FBI recordings of murder-for-hire suspect Edgar Steele will not be able to testify remotely from his tropical vacation, a judge ruled this morning. Defense lawyers did not subpoena George Papcun, who is vacationing in Bora Bora...

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Judge reviewing Fairfax's jail writings

A federal judge is reviewing Larry Fairfax's handwritten notes to determine if defense lawyers in Edgar Steele's murder-for-hire case are entitled to the material. Judge B. Lynn Winmill said this morning that he erred when he ordered prosecutors to obtain the 238 pages of notes...

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MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011

Defense expert to refute Steele recording

In what defense lawyer Robert McAllister said was "great news," a man hired by the defense to refute the authenticity of the FBI recordings in the Edgar Steele case will be allowed to testify. McAllister requested Monday that George Papcun be allowed to testify. Judge...

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Steele's daughter testifies in his defense 

Edgar Steele's 20-year-old daughter told jurors today that she doesn't believe the recording of her father discussing a plot to kill her mother is authentic. Kesley Steele, a student at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, said she recognizes her father's voice on parts of...

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Old friend of Steele's describes shock 

A longtime friend of Edgar Steele told jurors that he was "shocked" when he learned of Steele's arrest and never saw Steele threaten or harm anyone in the more than 40 years he's known him. Jeff Miller, a partner with George's Cyclotron Inc., who also...

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Steele jurors hear from Ukrainian woman 

Edgar Steele told a 25-year-old Ukrainian woman after his arrest on murder-for-hire charges that the Anti-Defamation League had manufactured a recording of him plotting to kill his wife using a collection of secret recordings by Larry Fairfax and thousands of hours of online audio files....

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

This photo shows the pipe bomb removed from Cyndi Steele's SUV on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, in Coeur d'Alene. (KHQ.com)

Experts dispute Fairfax's claim re: bomb 

This pipe bomb was attached to Cyndi Steele's car June 15 when she went to a Coeur d'Alene auto shop for a routine oil change. The photo was shown to jurors today in Edgar Steele's murder-for-hire trial. BOISE - A Spokane County bomb expert said...

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Phone records back up Steele recordings 

BOISE - Edgar Steele's lawyers have questioned the reliability of recordings that show their client discussing the plot to kill his wife with alleged hitman-turned-FBI-informant Larry Fairfax. Prosecutors used phone records provided by the defense to poke a hole in that claim this morning. Steele...

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