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Lori Daybell denied jail cell phone by Idaho judge

Lori Vallow Daybell
Posted at 2:35 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 16:35:26-05

ST. ANTHONY, Idaho — A judge ruled against Lori Vallow Daybell being allowed to have a cell phone in jail on Wednesday.

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District Judge Steven Boyce announced his decision during an online meeting with Special Prosecutor Rob Wood, Chad Daybell’s attorney John Prior and Lori Daybell’s attorney Mark Means, according to the East Idaho News.

Means had made the request for a restricted access cell phone so he could meet with his client, which he says has been more difficult because of COVID-19 protocols. Boyce said Means and Daybell could meet in the jail's attorney-client room.

“That goes way outside the scope of what the jail policies would be,” Boyce said. “An electronic telecommunication device is considered a major contraband item.”

Boyce also denied Means' request to turn off jail cameras when he meets with Daybell. Means said previous meetings with Daybell had been accidentally recorded.