Courts + Policing

Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and Chief Justice John Roberts

A new justice at the U.S. Supreme Court, and an Idaho wetlands case up first

BY: - September 30, 2022

When the U.S. Supreme Court opens its fall term on Monday, a few things will be different. A Black woman, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, will hear oral arguments for the first time ever. And the public will be allowed into the room for the first time since early 2020. The content of the term’s first […]

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger speaking with his attorney, Jon Cox

Former lawmaker files notice of appeal with Idaho Supreme Court in rape case

BY: - September 27, 2022

Less than a month after he was sentenced to at least eight years in prison for the crime of rape, former Idaho legislator Aaron von Ehlinger has submitted an appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court, alleging Ada County’s Fourth District Court made several errors during his trial and sentencing. A jury found von Ehlinger guilty […]

Idaho Supreme Court pushes abortion lawsuit hearing back one week

BY: - September 26, 2022

The Idaho Supreme Court rescheduled Thursday’s hearing in the Planned Parenthood case against the state’s abortion laws to the following week on Oct. 6 because a member of the court is ill, according to a news release. The hearing will determine which of Idaho’s abortion laws, if any, might be struck down by the Idaho […]

U.S. Supreme Court building

Overturning Roe sends approval of U.S. Supreme Court plummeting, Marquette poll finds

BY: - September 21, 2022

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned a national right to abortion, public approval of the court has fallen dramatically and stayed there, a new national poll from Marquette Law School finds. In the new survey, 40% of respondents said they approved of how the court was doing its […]

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U.S. government failed to properly count deaths of people in prisons and jails, Senate report says

BY: - September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice did not properly count nearly 1,000 deaths of incarcerated people in jails and prisons, according to a bipartisan report released Tuesday by a U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.  The 10-month investigation by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff, found […]

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger speaking with his attorney, Jon Cox

Two Idaho Republicans sent a judge letters of support for convicted rapist

BY: - September 16, 2022

This story is from Boise State Public Radio, published Sept. 16. The original version is located at this link.  Two Republican state lawmakers sent letters of support for one of their former colleagues convicted of raping a teenage legislative intern prior to his sentencing late last month. Reps. Vito Barbieri (R-Dalton Gardens) and Mike Kingsley (R-Lewiston) wrote letters […]

James A. McClure Federal Building in Boise

Idaho Legislature asks federal court to reconsider abortion ruling

BY: - September 8, 2022

The Idaho Legislature is asking District Judge B. Lynn Winmill to amend the order partially blocking Idaho’s abortion trigger ban or vacate the order entirely, according to a motion filed by attorneys for the Legislature on Wednesday night.  Winmill granted a pause two weeks ago on the Idaho law banning nearly all abortions as it […]

Photo of court document that includes a portrait of Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez and quotes from their statements

Bundy, Rodriguez fail to show up for court hearing — again — in St. Luke’s lawsuit

BY: - September 6, 2022

Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez seemed to be testing the limits of the judicial system Tuesday, as they continued to ignore a judge’s order and didn’t show up in court for the second time in a lawsuit brought by St. Luke’s Health System. Gesturing to an empty defendant’s bench Tuesday afternoon, an attorney for St. […]

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger speaking with his attorney, Jon Cox

Former Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger sentenced to at least 8 years in prison for rape

BY: - August 31, 2022

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger will serve at least eight years in prison for the felony crime of rape, with another 12 years or the possibility of parole, for a total of 20 years in prison, Fourth District Judge Michael Reardon ruled Wednesday. Von Ehlinger will also be required to register as a sex offender […]

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger is led back to jail

No new trial for former Idaho legislator convicted of rape, judge rules

BY: - August 25, 2022

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger will not be acquitted or granted a new trial, Fourth District Judge Michael Reardon ruled Thursday, and he will be sentenced for his rape conviction next week. Von Ehlinger’s attorney, Jon Cox, submitted a motion in Ada County Court in early August asking Reardon to acquit his client based on […]

Idaho State Capitol

Idaho federal judge partially blocks abortion trigger ban

BY: - August 24, 2022

District Judge B. Lynn Winmill granted a pause Wednesday on the Idaho law banning nearly all abortions as it applies to emergency care at hospitals, following a challenge by the U.S. Department of Justice. The department argued the law violates the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. The abortion ban becomes effective Thursday, but […]

Protestors Rally Against Restrictive New Texas Abortion Law In Austin

Federal judge sides with Texas, blocks HHS guidance on emergency abortions

BY: - August 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal district judge has granted the Texas attorney general’s request to temporarily block guidance from the federal government that says federal law protects health care providers who perform abortions to save the life or health of pregnant patients in emergency situations.  Judge James Wesley Hendrix wrote the U.S. Department of Health and […]