Courts + Policing

Photo of the U.S. District Court, Idaho's federal courthouse in Boise

Idaho bankruptcy rates are down. A lot. But things may not be what they seem.

BY: - May 25, 2022

When the pandemic arrived — prompting mass layoffs and short-lived restrictions on business activity — Idaho’s bankruptcy lawyers were told to expect the worst. “We were preparing for a tsunami of case filings” in the spring of 2020, said Stephen W. Kenyon, clerk of the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho. […]

The Idaho Supreme Court building in Boise on March 23, 2021.

Idaho Supreme Court denies state request to lift pause on Texas-style abortion law

BY: - May 20, 2022

Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice G. Richard Bevan signed the order Friday denying the motion. If the court had agreed to lift the stay, the law would have gone into effect immediately. (Otto Kitsinger for the Idaho Capital Sun)

Aaron von Ehlinger

Former Idaho representative convicted of rape asks for new trial or acquittal

BY: - May 19, 2022

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, whom a jury found guilty of felony rape in April, filed a motion seeking  a new trial or acquittal in Ada County’s Fourth District court on May 13. Von Ehlinger’s attorney also requested that he be released on bond if a new trial is granted. A hearing to consider the […]

Abortion-Rights Advocates Protest At Justice Alito's House

U.S. House Judiciary Committee debates abortion in advance of landmark court ruling

BY: - May 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — The national debate over abortion rights raged in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, as Democrats warned of the dangers of a potential end to the constitutional right and Republicans argued that legislatures should determine abortion laws.  The hearing came just weeks after a leaked draft opinion from Associate Justice Samuel Alito […]

Rep. Pricilla Giddings

Judge dismisses public records lawsuit against Idaho Rep. Giddings 

BY: - May 17, 2022

A Fourth District judge in Ada County has dismissed a public records lawsuit against Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, ruling she did not act in bad faith and that there was no need to compel disclosure of records. (Otto Kitsinger for the Idaho Capital Sun)

Protestors gather at St. Luke's in Boise

St. Luke’s hospital system sues Bundy, Rodriguez, People’s Rights and others

BY: - May 11, 2022

Idaho’s largest hospital system on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Ammon Bundy, Diego Rodriquez, the People’s Rights Network and others in response to “the targeted and damaging activities” surrounding a child protection case this year, according to a news release. St. Luke’s Health System said in the release that it chose to sue over “a […]

Attorney Wendy Olson

Judge to issue written opinion in public records lawsuit against Idaho Rep. Giddings

BY: - May 10, 2022

Fourth District Judge Peter Barton will issue a written ruling in the public records dispute against Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, following a hearing on Tuesday. Giddings, who is running for lieutenant governor in the Republican primary on May 17, is the subject of a civil complaint filed by Erika Birch, a Boise attorney who […]

Brad Little

Governor requests feedback from Idaho residents about meth and fentanyl issues

BY: - May 6, 2022

Idaho Gov. Brad Little wants Idaho residents to weigh in about the impacts of meth and fentanyl at the final regional roundtables in Pocatello and Twin Falls for his “Operation Esto Perpetua” initiative, according to a press release. The Citizens Action Group has held public meetings in Coeur d’Alene and Weiser in recent weeks, the […]

Rep. Priscilla Giddings stands in the House of Representatives

Public records lawsuit stalled by session now continues against Idaho Rep. Giddings

BY: - May 5, 2022

After a nearly three-month delay because of the legislative session, a public records lawsuit against Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, will continue this month in court. Giddings, who is running for lieutenant governor in the Republican primary on May 17, is the subject of a civil complaint filed by Erika Birch, a Boise attorney who […]

A still from the Defend and Protect Idaho PAC's advertisement shows retired Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney

Retired Idaho law enforcement officers start PAC targeting ‘fringe candidates’ in GOP primary

BY: - May 4, 2022

A new group led by retired Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney says it plans to thwart “fringe candidates” in 2022 elections. The Defend & Protect Idaho PAC held a press briefing Tuesday with Raney; Paul Wilde, retired sheriff of Bonneville County; and Ron Winegar, retired deputy chief of the Boise Police Department. “… We have […]

Anti abortion activists at U.S. Supreme Cour

Overturning Roe would hand power over abortion to states. Many would ban it.

BY: and - May 3, 2022

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a nearly 50-year-old right to abortion would lead to strict restrictions or bans by states across nearly half the country almost immediately. The court is poised to overturn the landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade, as well as a subsequent ruling on fetal viability, according to an initial […]

Abortion rights demonstrators at the U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Senate to try again on abortion rights after bombshell disclosure of draft opinion

BY: - May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday pledged a new vote codifying the right to an abortion after publication of a draft court ruling that showed the Supreme Court on track to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Democrats, who likely won’t have the votes to advance that bill, also predicted that abortion […]