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”

Idaho vaccination laws already permissive, even before governor’s order

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports While Idahoans have had significant discussion about whether the COVID-19 vaccine would become mandatory, it’s worth note that the state has never mandated a vaccine for adults. There are rules around childhood vaccines for children attending school, but even those have wide-ranging exemptions.  Gov. Brad Little signed an executive orderContinue reading “Idaho vaccination laws already permissive, even before governor’s order”

Can teenagers get a COVID-19 vaccine without parental consent? It depends

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As some parts of Idaho have opened up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents, regardless of age and medical conditions, there are still questions regarding children who don’t have parental consent. One of the three COVID-19 vaccines in use — the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine — can be administered to people agesContinue reading “Can teenagers get a COVID-19 vaccine without parental consent? It depends”

Idaho legislators at odds with how to balance, restrict power in health crisis

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports During a contentious legislative session the state’s seen multiple bills targeted at largely restricting the powers of public health districts, the governor, and the Department of Health and Welfare. Before the legislature recessed because of a COVID outbreak, a lack of consensus on the best way to balance executive andContinue reading “Idaho legislators at odds with how to balance, restrict power in health crisis”

Supreme Court affirms Clarke decision regarding warrantless misdemeanor arrests

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Edited on March 24 to add information about a rule change from the Supreme Court. The Idaho Supreme Court ruled that officers cannot make warrantless arrests for misdemeanor driving under the influence if they did not witness the suspect operating a vehicle.  The ruling cited precedent from the 2019 ClarkeContinue reading “Supreme Court affirms Clarke decision regarding warrantless misdemeanor arrests”