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Toddler Death Attorney Defender Conflict - Kootenai County, Idaho Commissioners

on Sun, 02/12/2012 - 15:36

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — A northern Idaho attorney contracted to serve as public defender for a foster parent indicted in the death of a 2-year-old girl will keep working on the Kootenai County case after a judge rejected claims of a possible conflict of interest.

County commissioners voted last week to dump a special contract with private attorney Sean Walsh for the defense of Jeremy M. Clark, 35, of Post Falls. Clark is charged, along with his wife, in the 2009 death of Karina J. Moore.

Commissioners contend Walsh was not upfront about his wife, Mayli Walsh, being employed as an attorney in