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Latah County prosecutor pulling up stakes for Alaska

Compiled from wire reports The Spokesman-Review

Moscow, Idaho Latah County’s chief deputy prosecutor has decided to set the legal profession aside and follow her family to Anchorage, Alaska.

“That’s something I’ve never done,” Robin Eckmann, 42, said of her pending full-time domestic duties. “And I can already tell, I’m really going to miss this (her legal profession).”

A Kootenai County assistant public defender, Anne Taylor, has been hired to replace Eckmann.

Eckmann handled most of Latah County’s high-profile felonies, including all the murder cases over the past decade.

She found herself immersed in cases like the Dale Shackelford double homicide, sometimes to the detriment of her family, she said.

Shackelford was convicted for the 1999 slayings of ex-wife Donna Fontaine and her boyfriend Fred Palahniuk near Moscow.

The trial of David Meister may have been even tougher, but in a different way. “It was very difficult to prosecute a younger person (Meister was 19) for such a crime,” she said.

Meister was convicted last April of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the Dec. 11, 2001, shooting death of Tonya Hart, 20, of Moscow.

All the defendants in homicide cases prosecuted by Eckmann pleaded guilty or were convicted.

Eckmann’s last official day on the job will be Thursday.

Planned Parenthood served 8,000 in Idaho in fiscal 2004

Boise Planned Parenthood of Idaho served more than 8,000 people in 35 of Idaho’s 44 counties, according to its annual report for the 2004 fiscal year.

It taught sex education through classes, presentations and outreach to about 3,000 residents last year. And its volunteers gave about 700 hours of service in general support, health care services and community outreach and education.

Planned Parenthood of Idaho is a nonprofit organization centered in Boise and Twin Falls. At the clinics, it offers gynecological examinations, birth control, cancer screening, pregnancy testing, and options counseling and testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

Abortions are not performed at the clinics, but Planned Parenthood does make referrals to the six abortion providers in the state if that option is chosen.

Deadlocked jury in murder case means co-defendant will be spared

Boise The man prosecutors say is “less morally culpable” in a Boise murder case will avoid the death penalty after a deadlocked jury barely spared the life of his co-defendant.

Deputy County Prosecutor Pat Owen said justice would not be served if Robroy Wall Jr. was executed and Jason McDermott was not.

Prosecutors alleged McDermott, 24, and Wall Jr., 25, each shot Zachariah Street in the head and left him in the desert May 2, 2003, as retribution for providing deputies with information implicating them in a car burglary.

Ada County will save money by dropping the death penalty recommendation for Wall Jr. because prosecutors will only have to prepare for the trial and not a separate death-penalty sentencing if the jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.

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