IDOC requests judgement in Pizzuto case as execution date looms

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Attorneys filed a variety of legal actions in both federal court and at the Idaho Supreme Court in recent months while Gerald Pizzuto Jr. awaits a decision on his potential execution. Pizzuto, 65, has been on death row in Idaho for more than 35 years after he was convicted ofContinue reading “IDOC requests judgement in Pizzuto case as execution date looms”

Upcoming SCOTUS case could reshape Idaho abortion law

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The U.S. Supreme Court returns to the bench for a “blockbuster” 2021 term, and one case in particular could have major impacts on abortion in Idaho. The case is a challenge to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey precedent that a person has the constitutional right to terminateContinue reading “Upcoming SCOTUS case could reshape Idaho abortion law”

Jane Doe, alleged rape victim, files tort claim against Idaho Legislature; von Ehlinger charged

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The former legislative intern who claimed a state representative sexually assaulted her and faced an ethics hearing has taken the first step in civil litigation. On Sept. 3, attorney Erika Birch filed a tort claim with the state on behalf of the 19-year-old woman, identified as Jane Doe.  Idaho ReportsContinue reading “Jane Doe, alleged rape victim, files tort claim against Idaho Legislature; von Ehlinger charged”

Gov. Little “exploring legal action” against Biden’s vaccine mandates

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Friday, Gov. Brad Little announced he and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden are exploring legal options to fight President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandates. On Thursday, Biden announced he is taking steps to mandate vaccinations for federal employees and contractors, health care workers at facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid,Continue reading “Gov. Little “exploring legal action” against Biden’s vaccine mandates”

Idaho Supreme Court deems voter initiative bill unconstitutional, strikes new requirements

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Supreme Court issued an opinion Monday ruling that a bill passed by the Idaho Legislature on voter ballot initiatives is unconstitutional.  The case was brought by Reclaim Idaho, the same group that successfully campaigned to place Medicaid Expansion on the ballot in 2018, and the Committee to ProtectContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court deems voter initiative bill unconstitutional, strikes new requirements”

Idaho courts pilot online eviction negotiations in Ada County as moratorium ends July 31

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As the national pandemic moratorium on eviction ends July 31, the Idaho Supreme Court announced the use of a new tool to help landlords and tenants settle disputes in Ada County. The moratorium on eviction was put in place when the pandemic began, largely to avoid crowding people into congregateContinue reading “Idaho courts pilot online eviction negotiations in Ada County as moratorium ends July 31”

Bundy found guilty after trial, several Idaho legislators testified

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Several state lawmakers including House Speaker Scott Bedke testified in the trespassing trial of Ammon Bundy and Aaron Von Schmidt this week, in which both men were found guilty. Bundy, who has announced plans to run for governor, is charged with misdemeanor trespassing and resisting or obstructing arrest after anContinue reading “Bundy found guilty after trial, several Idaho legislators testified”

Ammon Bundy requests trespassing charges be dismissed, claims Brady violation

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Ammon Bundy, who announced his run for governor on Saturday despite being banned from the Idaho Statehouse, has hired an attorney and is demanding that his criminal charges connected to allegedly trespassing at the state capitol be dismissed. In a motion filed on June 17, just 11 days before theContinue reading “Ammon Bundy requests trespassing charges be dismissed, claims Brady violation”

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”

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”