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A well-known anti-death penalty lawyer tapped to represent alleged Tucson, Ariz., shooter Jared Loughner led child-killer Joseph Duncan's defense team during his 2008 trial in Boise.
Judy Clarke, formerly federal defender for Eastern Washington and Idaho, has also defended Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, child-killer Susan Smith and domestic terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Eric Robert Rudolph.
Clarke (pictured in 2007) was present during Duncan's death penalty trial in Boise, where he represented himself as his team of court-appointed lawyers stood by. They had earlier tried to leave Duncan's case, saying their participation would violate their professional ethics.
"We are not gunslingers who do the bidding of someone who does not have a rational understanding," Clarke told U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge.
Lodge declined Clarke's request.
Clarke currently is a lawyer in San Diego, where she has also been a federal defender.
She was called on over the weekend to defend Loughner, who is accused of shooting U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during an event in Tucson on Saturday. He's also accused of killing six others, including U.S. District Judge John Roll.
Clarke worked in Eastern Washington and Idaho from 1992 to June 2002. Her husband, Speedy Rice, was an instructor at Gonzaga Law School. She has twice argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and named one of her dogs in honor of former Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas.
Susan Smith, a county elections department worker, was on the witness stand when Judge Charles Hosack adjourned court proceedings into Jim Brannon’s lawsuit against Councilman Mike Kennedy and the 2009 Coeur d’Alene City Council elections this afternoon. Smith, the third of fiftysome people on Kelso’s witness list, took the stand around 3:30 p.m. Until then, Kelso had questioned County Clerk Dan English for the entire day. Major John Chamness of the Salvation Army/Kroc Center told Huckleberries Online this afternoon that his wife, Lani, was dismissed from the witness list late this morning. Lani Chamness was dismissed after this blog posted her husband’s account of a private investigator who tried to find out Friday night for whom she had voted. Huckleberries is trying to obtain a witness list to post here.
Question: Anyone willing to guess how long it’s going to take Kelso to get to the end of his witness list?