COEUR D'ALENE -- Commissioners in northern Idaho have fired a chief public defender three weeks after he says he made a harassment claim against a commissioner and two weeks after telling commissioners he'll need a day off each week for cancer treatment.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Kootenai County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to end 59-year-old attorney John Adams' term this fall.

Adams during his 17 years with the county has led 26 murder cases and seven death-penalty cases, including that of child killer Joseph Duncan.

Adams filed the harassment complaint against Commissioner Jai Nelson.

Nelson says the county is doing a study of its public defense system and is unlikely to reappoint Adams.

Former Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas says Adams has been the best public defender in the history of the county and the firing is shameful.

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