Courts + Policing

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Want to help improve Idaho’s justice system? A new committee is seeking applications

BY: - March 14, 2022

The Idaho Supreme Court is looking for candidates to join a new committee that will help shape the future of Idaho’s judiciary. The state’s highest court this month announced it will create a Special Committee on Judicial Recruitment and Selection. The committee will evaluate ways to improve Idaho’s recruitment of judges, as well as concerns […]

missing and murdered women protest

‘A crisis that is hiding in plain sight’: Missing and murdered women of color

BY: - March 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — Parents at a Thursday congressional hearing about missing and murdered women of color detailed their frustrating attempts to get the attention of law enforcement and adequate media coverage.  “This is a crisis that is hiding in plain sight,” said Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat and chair of the U.S. House Oversight Subcommittee […]

Idaho Gov. Little unveils ‘Operation Esto Perpetua’ initiative to fight fentanyl

BY: - March 3, 2022

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is asking for $250,000 to launch project “Operation Esto Perpetua,” an initiative he said will connect law enforcement, policymakers and families to fight fentanyl and other drugs in the state. Little unveiled the initiative during a press conference Thursday afternoon at the Idaho State Capitol after originally previewing it during January’s […]

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Idaho House passes bill granting confidentiality in executions 

BY: - February 24, 2022

The Idaho House of Representatives voted Thursday to pass a bill that would give confidentiality to the suppliers and manufacturers of lethal injection drugs.  The House voted 38-30 to pass House Bill 658. If it becomes law, the bill would give confidentiality to any person or business who “compounds, synthesizes, tests, sells, supplies, manufactures, stores, […]

Idaho State Capitol building in Boise.

Legislative committee advances bill giving confidentiality to providers of lethal injection drugs

BY: - February 17, 2022

A bill that would provide confidentiality to the manufactures of lethal injection drugs used in executions in the state is headed to the Idaho House of Representatives.  On Thursday afternoon, the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee voted to send House Bill 658 to the floor of the Idaho House with a recommendation it passes […]

President Joe Biden

Biden says answer to gun violence ‘is not to defund the police’

BY: - February 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland traveled Thursday to New York City, where the lives of two police officers were claimed in recent shootings, as the administration unveiled a new initiative to combat gun violence. A senior administration official told reporters that the White House is focusing on ghost guns, which […]

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 […]

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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 […]