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District judge to decide by Wednesday whether to pause Idaho’s trigger ban on abortions

BY: - August 22, 2022

District Judge B. Lynn Winmill will issue a written decision by Wednesday to either grant or deny a pause in the implementation of Idaho’s law banning nearly all abortions before the law is scheduled to take effect on Thursday. Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice, the Idaho Attorney General’s office and the Idaho Legislature […]

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Idaho Health Data Exchange files for bankruptcy, with $4 million owed to creditors

BY: - August 17, 2022

A small organization that operates a massive database of Idaho patient medical records filed for bankruptcy Friday, reporting it owes creditors $4 million and is defending itself in three lawsuits. Chapter 11 bankruptcy would allow the Idaho Health Data Exchange to keep operating while it pays creditors and works through litigation, according to its bankruptcy […]

Protestors Rally Against Restrictive New Texas Abortion Law In Austin

Twenty states, D.C. join in opposing Texas lawsuit on emergency abortion care

BY: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia filed a brief in federal court on Tuesday challenging Texas’ assertion that states shouldn’t have to comply with a federal law that protects doctors who end a pregnancy to save the patient’s life.  The brief argues the judge in the case shouldn’t grant […]

Judge partially grants Idaho Legislature’s motion to intervene in DOJ abortion law case

BY: - August 15, 2022

A judge partially granted the Idaho Legislature’s motion to intervene in the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against the state of Idaho over its abortion trigger law, allowing the Legislature to submit a brief and present arguments at a hearing later this month. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued the decision on Saturday, two days […]

Idaho Supreme Court allows trigger law banning nearly all abortions to take effect

BY: - August 12, 2022

Idaho’s trigger law banning abortion in nearly all cases will go into effect on Aug. 25, and the heartbeat law allowing civil lawsuits against medical providers will go into effect immediately following an opinion from the Idaho Supreme Court on Friday evening.  The opinion did not make a determination regarding the law banning abortion after […]

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Search warrant shows Trump under investigation for possible Espionage Act violations

BY: - August 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday unsealed the warrant that allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to search former President Donald Trump’s property at Mar-a-Lago in Florida earlier this week, revealing he’s under investigation for possibly violating the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice. The seven-page document, which includes a brief description of everything […]

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Idaho Legislature moves to intervene in DOJ abortion lawsuit

BY: - August 12, 2022

The Idaho Legislature filed a response brief in Idaho’s District Court on Tuesday stating it should be a named party in the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice because the Idaho Attorney General’s office will not offer a “full, zealous, thorough-going defense” of the state’s abortion trigger law. Kriss Bivens Cloyd, a spokesperson […]

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State ordered to pay $321,224 in legal fees over Idaho’s transgender birth certificate lawsuit

BY: - August 11, 2022

A federal judge has ordered the state of Idaho to pay $321,224.50 in legal fees stemming from a lawsuit over a bill the Idaho Legislature passed in 2020 regarding birth certificate changes. The issue went before the Board of Examiners Subcommittee meeting Tuesday and will go to the full board for a vote in the […]

President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate

U.S. attorney general says DOJ asked for public release of search warrant for Trump estate

BY: - August 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice has moved to release the search warrant a federal judge issued earlier this week that allowed federal agents to enter former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.   DOJ, Garland said, filed a motion in the Southern District of […]

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Judge to hear DOJ lawsuit over Idaho’s abortion trigger law on Aug. 22

BY: - August 8, 2022

A hearing will take place on Aug. 22 for the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against the state of Idaho over its abortion trigger law, according to federal court documents. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill, who will preside over the case, held an informal status conference with the two parties on Friday to set […]

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Attorney: Lack of evidence, Sixth Amendment violations call for new trial for former Idaho lawmaker

BY: - August 4, 2022

Former state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger’s motion for a new trial is based on testimony from a witness and grounds that his constitutional rights were violated because the defense did not have the opportunity to cross-examine or confront his accuser, according to court documents filed Wednesday in Ada County. Von Ehlinger was scheduled to be […]

Idaho Supreme Court justices point to conflicting language in abortion laws

BY: - August 3, 2022

Correction: This article has been updated to correct the title of Justice Gregory Moeller. The Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court is Richard Bevan. A hearing at the Idaho Supreme Court regarding two of the state’s abortion laws seemed to create more questions than it answered, as justices highlighted confusion over criminal penalties and […]