Courts + Policing

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

Ada County judge to legislators: We need more judges to decrease Idaho’s court backlogs

BY: - February 2, 2022

Citing severe backlogs in the court system and strained resources, judges from across Idaho requested an additional district judge for Elmore County and two additional magistrate judges for Ada County from legislators at a Senate committee meeting on Wednesday. Idaho’s district courts are funded through the Idaho Supreme Court, which will present its budget request […]

Death row inmate Gerald Pizzuto and his attorneys

Cash buys, private flights, changing rules: How Idaho hides from execution oversight

BY: - January 16, 2022

Editor’s note: This Idaho Statesman story was produced in collaboration with the Idaho Capital Sun and benefited from public records grant funding through The Gumshoe Group investigative journalism initiative. Last June, two days after a condemned man outlived his scheduled execution date, he made a macabre appeal to the agents tasked with guiding him to […]

Craig Rowland

Idaho AG’s office charges sheriff with felonies after allegedly threatening youth group with gun

BY: - December 15, 2021

BLACKFOOT — A local sheriff faces serious felony charges for allegedly threatening a youth group with a gun in November. The Idaho Attorney General’s Office charged Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland on Tuesday with felony aggravated battery, felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor exhibition of a gun. Referring to the incident on Nov. 9, Rowland told […]

The Idaho Supreme Court Building

Judges in Idaho can set their own COVID rules again, court says

BY: - November 24, 2021

Following the end of crisis standards of care for most of Idaho, the Idaho Supreme Court will return to allowing local judicial districts to set their own COVID-19 rules, according to an order issued Tuesday. “In light of the improving circumstances … we have concluded that further modification of our safety protocols is now warranted,” […]

Former Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger in court

Former Idaho Rep. Von Ehlinger pleads not guilty to rape, forcible penetration charges

BY: - November 8, 2021

Former Idaho state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger pleaded not guilty to felony charges of rape and forcible penetration by use of a foreign object during his arraignment Monday afternoon.  Following the not guilty pleas entered by von Ehlinger’s attorney Jon Cox, District Judge Michael J. Reardon scheduled a jury trial in the matter for April […]

Photo shows the U.S. Supreme Court at dusk

U.S. Supreme Court justices skeptical about New York gun control law

BY: - November 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court expressed skepticism Wednesday after listening to two hours of oral arguments on a New York law that imposes strict limits on carrying a gun outside the home — a case that will test how far states can go when crafting their own laws. In New York […]

Former Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger in court

Rape case against former legislator proceeds to district court

BY: - October 29, 2021

Ada County Magistrate Judge Kira Dale found sufficient probable cause in the case against former Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger at his preliminary hearing Friday to continue the case in Fourth District Court. Von Ehlinger, 39, is charged with rape and forcible penetration by use of a foreign object, both felonies. A no contact order […]

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland

U.S. attorney general defends FBI probe of threats against school board members

BY: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland for more than four hours on Wednesday about a Justice Department investigation into threats made to local school board members in multiple states. Garland at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing declined to revoke a memo he wrote asking the FBI to meet with local law […]

The Idaho State Correctional Institution

Idaho Department of Correction replaces prison health care provider

BY: - October 26, 2021

As coronavirus continues to rage across Idaho’s unvaccinated population, the Idaho Department of Correction has changed health care providers. IDOC is responsible for the health care of roughly 8,000 people in the department’s custody. For more than 10 years, the department contracted with Corizon Health. Corizon was established in 2011, after merging with two other […]

Women's March California 2019 - Los Angeles

Boise State report: 75% of missing Indigenous people in Idaho are women

BY: - October 25, 2021

Hundreds of people go missing across Idaho every year for many reasons, and among non-Native people, the majority are over the age of 21 and about 60% are males. Among missing Native people in Idaho, approximately half are under the age of 21 and 75% of them are women.   Those findings are part of a […]

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Idaho’s track record does not bode well for COVID-19 vaccination rollout for kids

BY: - October 13, 2021

Originally posted on on October 13, 2021 It’s a problem Dr. Kenny Bramwell would love to see: A shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, as parents flock to pharmacies and clinics to get their children the jab. But Bramwell, medical director for the St. Luke’s Health System children’s hospital, is realistic, based on Idaho’s vaccination track record. […]

Preliminary hearing scheduled for former Idaho legislator accused of rape

BY: - October 13, 2021

A preliminary hearing for former legislator Aaron von Ehlinger will be held at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 29, following his arraignment before a judge Wednesday morning. Von Ehlinger, 39, is charged with rape and forcible penetration by use of a foreign object, both felonies. A no contact order was also issued. The charges are based on […]