Courts + Policing

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

State asks Idaho Supreme Court to rescind order delaying abortion law’s implementation

BY: - May 3, 2022

The Idaho Office of Attorney General filed a series of briefs last week asking the Idaho Supreme Court to vacate its order delaying implementation of the state’s newest abortion law. The attorney general’s office also asked the court to strike portions of statements from Planned Parenthood representatives. If the court does vacate its order, the […]

Former Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger led away in handcuffs

Former Idaho representative found guilty of felony rape in trial involving legislative intern

BY: - April 29, 2022

Exactly one year to the day that former Lewiston Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger resigned from his seat after a House ethics panel recommended his suspension over his conduct as a legislator, a jury in Ada County found him guilty of rape and not guilty of forcible penetration with a foreign object. Von Ehlinger was arrested […]

UPDATE: Jury to continue deliberation Friday in trial of former Idaho legislator accused of rape

BY: - April 28, 2022

A jury of 13 Ada County residents did not reach a verdict after seven hours of deliberation on Thursday evening in the trial for former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger and will return Friday morning to continue deliberations.  Von Ehlinger took the stand Thursday morning to strongly deny the accusation that he raped a 19-year-old former […]

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Katelyn Farley speaks to her co-counsel in court.

‘I can’t do this’: Alleged victim in von Ehlinger rape trial cuts testimony short

BY: - April 27, 2022

When Jane Doe took the stand Wednesday afternoon at the Ada County Courthouse to testify to her accusation that former Lewiston Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger raped her in early March last year, the courtroom was silent and tense. She looked left and right, slowly moving her eyes to von Ehlinger, who sat on the left […]

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger sitting next to his defense attorney, Jon Cox, in court

Jury trial begins for former Lewiston representative charged with rape

BY: - April 26, 2022

A jury of 13 Ada County residents was selected and heard the first day of trial proceedings on Tuesday for former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, who is charged with felony rape and forcible penetration with a foreign object Von Ehlinger, 39, is accused of raping a 19-year-old legislative intern in March 2021, when the former […]

Mural at Kansas Statehouse

Congress expands Brown v. Board of Education historic site beyond Kansas

BY: - April 26, 2022

The U.S. House cleared a bill Tuesday that would expand the Kansas site honoring the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning school segregation, adding National Park Service sites in other states to commemorate their roles in the decision as well. The bill would designate sites related to school desegregation cases in Virginia, Delaware, South Carolina and […]

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Biden issues first pardons and sentencing commutations of his presidency

BY: - April 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday granted clemency to nearly 80 individuals charged with nonviolent crimes and unveiled an administration strategy to help formerly incarcerated people secure employment.  Of that list, three were pardons and 75 were commutations, which is a reduction in an individual’s prison sentence. They were the first pardons and commutations […]

The Idaho Supreme Court Building

Idaho Supreme Court denies amicus brief request from two anti-abortion organizations in lawsuit

BY: - April 25, 2022

The Idaho Supreme Court denied a request on Monday from the American Center for Law & Justice and Stanton Healthcare to file an amicus brief in the Planned Parenthood lawsuit against Idaho’s newest abortion law, nearly two weeks after denying the same request from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise. Stanton Healthcare is a clinic […]

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President Biden nominates Joshua Hurwit as Idaho’s top federal prosecutor

BY: - April 22, 2022

The White House on Friday announced that President Joe Biden nominated Joshua D. Hurwit to serve as Idaho’s top federal prosecutor. Hurwit has served since 2012 as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho, spanning the Obama, Trump and now Biden presidential administrations. “He’s known for being extremely […]

Idaho GOP candidates for Attorney General

Idaho attorney general candidates talk pandemic, lawsuits and the Legislature

BY: - April 19, 2022

The three Republican candidates vying to be the nominee for Idaho attorney general debated each other over pandemic restrictions, state and federal lawsuits and the attorney general’s relationship with the Legislature on Tuesday night, with less than a month to go before the May 17 primary election. Incumbent Attorney General Lawrence Wasden defended his record […]

Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger

Judge denies request to delay trial for former Idaho representative accused of rape

BY: - April 18, 2022

Fourth District Judge Michael Reardon denied a request to postpone the trial date for former state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, who is charged with felony rape and forcible penetration of a foreign object, and the trial will still go forward on April 26. Von Ehlinger, 39, is accused of raping a 19-year-old legislative intern in […]

Door to the Office of the Attorney General at the Idaho State Capitol building on March 23, 2021.

UPDATE: Idaho attorney general disputes false claim that he ‘cut a deal’ with Planned Parenthood in abortion lawsuit

BY: and - April 13, 2022

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 11:22 a.m. April 14 with additional comments from Blaine Conzatti and the Idaho Attorney General’s Office, and at 11:15 a.m. April 15 with comments from Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden on Wednesday issued a press release to publicly dispute a claim by Idaho Family […]