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Prosecutor seeks limits on video coverage in Vallow-Daybell cases

Lori Vallow Daybell in Court July 17 with judge mallard and Rob wood

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Magistrate Judge Michelle Mallard has determined that public broadcast of Lori Vallow-Daybell’s Madison County court case will be restricted.

The judge said she took the action to preserve Vallow-Daybell’s constitutional right to a fair trial. The action forbids the release of the Zoom link or password to anyone without permission from the court.

Vallow-Daybell is scheduled to appear for a jury trial on three misdemeanor charges, involving the obstruction of evidence surrounding the disappearance of her two children, January 25, 2021 in Fremont County.

Meantime, in Vallow-Daybell’s Fremont County conspiracy case, Special Prosecutor Rob Wood has asked the court to disallow video coverage of her preliminary hearing. 

In his motion, Wood said, “the state has a duty to protect the right of the defendant to a fair trial and believes that it is necessary for the State to argue against video broadcasting/live-streaming of the preliminary hearing in this matter.

Wood said video coverage of her preliminary hearing would make it more difficult to pick an un-biased jury in Fremont County. He predicts picking a jury will be difficult and time-consuming.  

Every potential juror who viewed the preliminary hearing would likely be excluded. Wood contends it would not restrict the public’s right to know.

According to court documents, Wood filed the motion July 17.

Vallow-Daybell’s preliminary hearing on two felony counts of conspiracy to destroy evidence is scheduled August 10, 2020 before Judge Faren Eddins in St. Anthony.

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  1. You might as well give the media access, otherwise they will just make it up as they go along! Also, do you think a judge’s order will prevent anyone from accessing and sharing the Zoom link and password? If you do, you must be smoking funny cigarettes!

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