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”

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”

Idaho Supreme Court sets the stage for public defense fight

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports The battleground has been set for a future trial to determine the constitutionality of Idaho’s public defense system. On Thursday, the Idaho Supreme Court released its unanimous opinion on Tucker v. Idaho, which set guidelines for a trial on the merits. The Tucker opinion is the latest in a longContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court sets the stage for public defense fight”

Idaho Supreme Court rules custody not required to change a child’s name.

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports Parents do not need to have custody of their children to change their name according to a new Idaho Supreme Court Decision. On Wednesday, the Idaho Supreme Court released its opinion on Hayes v. Medioli. The Court ruled unanimously in favor of Massimo Medioli, allowing him to change his son’sContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court rules custody not required to change a child’s name.”

Court rejects effort to “radically expand the scope” of the Idaho Constitution in regards to municipal funding

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports On Tuesday, the Court released their opinion on Hoffman v. City of Boise unanimously ruling in favor of the city and finding that two city ordinances passed to create urban renewal districts were constitutional.  The case involved two ordinances passed by the City of Boise in 2018 which created theContinue reading “Court rejects effort to “radically expand the scope” of the Idaho Constitution in regards to municipal funding”

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”

A changed judiciary gives a new dynamic to anti-abortion efforts

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports On Wednesday, the Senate State Affairs committee introduced a bill that would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, with exceptions for medical emergencies, rape, and incest. Under this law, doctors would not be subject to prosecution, rather they could be disciplined by the Idaho State Board of Medicine.Continue reading “A changed judiciary gives a new dynamic to anti-abortion efforts”

Idaho Supreme Court Backs Bedke, Hill in Treasurer Fight

by Devon Downey, Idaho Reports The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Idaho legislature after a lengthy public dispute regarding control of first floor office space in the Idaho statehouse. In 2018, Speaker of the House Scott Bedke and then-President Pro Tempore of the Senate Brent Hill wrote to then-Idaho State TreasurerContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court Backs Bedke, Hill in Treasurer Fight”

Idaho Supreme Court halts jury trials due to COVID

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Jury trials in Idaho are halted until at least January 4, 2021. On Monday, the Idaho Supreme Court issued an order pausing both civil and criminal trials due to the substantial rise in COVID-19 cases statewide. The order, signed by Chief Justice Roger Burdick, said those cases have caused disruptionsContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court halts jury trials due to COVID”

Justice Bevan selected as new Idaho Supreme Court chief justice

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Starting January 1, the Idaho Supreme Court will have a new chief justice. Justice G. Richard Bevan has been elected as the new chief justice by his colleagues. Current Chief Justice Roger Burdick will continue to serve as an associate justice after his term ends on Dec. 31. Chief justicesContinue reading “Justice Bevan selected as new Idaho Supreme Court chief justice”