Idaho law forbids executing intellectually disabled people; Attorneys question whether Pizzuto qualifies

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A decision by the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole on Tuesday led to the stay of an Idaho man’s execution, and at least bought him some time. The Commission granted Gerald Pizzuto Jr. a commutation hearing, which they will take up in November. His June 2 execution was canceledContinue reading “Idaho law forbids executing intellectually disabled people; Attorneys question whether Pizzuto qualifies”

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announces run for governor in 2022

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Roughly 100 people crowded around the statehouse steps on Wednesday afternoon as Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announced her plans to run for governor. McGeachin will challenge Gov. Brad Little in the next primary after the two had publicly conflicting views on the best way to handle the coronavirus pandemic. SheContinue reading “Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announces run for governor in 2022”

Idaho man’s June execution canceled, clemency hearing recommended

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A decision from the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole on Tuesday led to the cancelation of Gerald Pizzuto Jr.’s June 2 execution date. Pizzuto Jr., 64, has been on death row for more than 35 years after he was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in Idaho County.Continue reading “Idaho man’s June execution canceled, clemency hearing recommended”

After Legislative ethics hearing involving intern, complaints on Rep. Giddings flood in

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In the week following a Legislative ethics hearing revolving around a sexual assault allegation against a former legislator, House leadership received nearly 2,000 complaints about Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, after she twice published a link to a blog that named the victim of an alleged sexual assault. Most ofContinue reading “After Legislative ethics hearing involving intern, complaints on Rep. Giddings flood in”

Terminally-ill Idaho man on death row asks for mercy as execution nears

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Editor’s note: This story contains graphic content that may be upsetting to some readers. With his execution nearing, attorneys for a terminally-ill Idaho man on death row ask for a commutation of his sentence, outlining the horror he faced as a child. Gerald Pizzuto Jr. was convicted of a doubleContinue reading “Terminally-ill Idaho man on death row asks for mercy as execution nears”

Judge signs death warrant for Idaho man facing execution in double-murder case

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports An Idaho man who’s been on death row since 1986 could see his execution soon, after a district judge signed his death warrant, tentatively scheduling the execution for June 2. Gerald Pizzuto Jr., now 65, was convicted by a jury of two counts of first-degree murder in Idaho County andContinue reading “Judge signs death warrant for Idaho man facing execution in double-murder case”

Reclaim Idaho files lawsuit over restrictive voter initiative bill

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Reclaim Idaho, on Friday filed a lawsuit in the Idaho Supreme Court to strike down Idaho’s recently enacted anti-ballot initiative law. Reclaim Idaho is the organization responsible for getting a Medicaid Expansion initiative on the ballot, which citizens did overwhelmingly support.The Committee to Protect and Preserve the Idaho Constitution—a committeeContinue reading “Reclaim Idaho files lawsuit over restrictive voter initiative bill”

Von Ehlinger resigns after ethics committee votes to suspend

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger has resigned hours after the Ethics and House Policy Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to recommend his censure and suspension after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old intern. The resignation was confirmed to Idaho Reports by multiple lawmakers on Wednesday afternoon. We will updateContinue reading “Von Ehlinger resigns after ethics committee votes to suspend”

Boise Police investigate accusation of sexual assault by Rep. von Ehlinger

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Boise Police confirmed Monday that they are investigating accusations of sexual assault made against Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston. As first reported by the Lewiston Tribune and later Boise State Public Radio, a GOP volunteer staff member claims von Ehlinger sexually assaulted her in March. Von Ehlinger denies all claimsContinue reading “Boise Police investigate accusation of sexual assault by Rep. von Ehlinger”

Public health board member supports long-time immunization tracking system

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As lawmakers discuss how wary they are of immunizations and programs used to track vaccines, some public health board members are standing up for data collection. Central District Health’s Board of Health met Friday morning and board member Dr. Ted Epperly addressed the issue. Epperly proposed writing a letter toContinue reading “Public health board member supports long-time immunization tracking system”