Questions are being raised about the impact of the new Netflix documentary, “Sins of Our Mother,” on Lori Vallow’s chances of a fair trial.
Vallow’s attorneys point to media coverage surrounding the case making it impossible for that to happen. To that point, Vallow’s attorneys asked the judge to ban cameras from the courtroom, saying that the privilege had been abused by repeated “zooming in on Vallow Daybell’s face” during a hearing.
They raised the possibility of documents being scrutinized that way as well. Jim Archibald and John Thomas also claimed the cameras and microphones could potentially be used to overhear private conversations between the attorneys and client.
Seventh District Judge Steven Boyce has now ruled that cameras, both video and stills will no longer be allowed from the courtroom.
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[Feature Photo: Lori Vallow Daybell sits in a police car after a hearing at the Fremont County Courthouse in St. Anthony, Idaho, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. Attorneys for a mom charged with conspiring to kill her children and then steal their social security benefits asked a judge on Tuesday to send the case back to a grand jury because they say the current indictment is confusing. Lori Vallow Daybell and her husband Chad Daybell have pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted. (East Idaho News/Tony Blakeslee/East Idaho News via AP, Pool)]