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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”

Additional security footage shows group filming distraught Doe after testimony

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho Reports has received additional security camera footage showing a confrontation between Jane Doe and three women who filmed her after her April 28th testimony in front of the House Ethics Committee. After Doe’s testimony, during which the 19-year-old intern told the committee former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger raped her,Continue reading “Additional security footage shows group filming distraught Doe after testimony”

Partial security footage shows small group following Jane Doe after ethics hearing

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Most of the security camera footage depicts a normal morning at the Idaho Capitol: A reporter walks to a press room, security guards chat, a group of school-aged children looks at photos in the wall and wanders toward the rotunda. But at 11:18 am, something catches the eye of theContinue reading “Partial security footage shows small group following Jane Doe after ethics hearing”

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”

Idaho Judicial Council submits three finalists, all women, for Supreme Court vacancy

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports The Idaho Judicial Council announced on Wednesday the finalists to replace retiring Justice Roger Burdick. The finalists are: Jessica M. Lorello of Meridian, a judge on the Idaho Court of AppealsDiane M. Walker also of Meridian, a magistrate judge in the Fourth Judicial DistrictColleen D. Zahn of Boise, an IdahoContinue reading “Idaho Judicial Council submits three finalists, all women, for Supreme Court vacancy”

A tense start to the House Ethics committee hearing

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  A full auditorium witnessed a tense ethics hearing on Wednesday, as attorneys and lawmakers questioned witnesses and Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger on accusations he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old staffer.  While lawmakers on the committee stressed the seriousness of the proceedings, some members of the audience laughed when committee chairman Rep.Continue reading “A tense start to the House Ethics committee hearing”

House ethics hearings: What to expect Wednesday

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger’s ethics hearing nears, questions remain over upcoming proceedings, and if the potential consequences would be tangible.  Von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston, has been accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old legislative staffer in March, as well as making other statehouse employees uncomfortable, according to reports by the IdahoContinue reading “House ethics hearings: What to expect Wednesday”

COVID breakthrough cases remain rare in Idaho, but disproportionately affect women

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During a weekly COVID-19 media briefing, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials offered more information on so-called breakthrough cases of COVID-19 — confirmed infections in people who had been fully vaccinated and were at least two weeks past their final dose of the vaccine. Dr. Kathryn Turner, deputy stateContinue reading “COVID breakthrough cases remain rare in Idaho, but disproportionately affect women”

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