Ex-legislator guilty of rape involving legislative intern

  By Kelcie Moseley-Morris, Idaho Capital Sun Exactly one year to the day that former Lewiston Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger resigned from his seat after a House ethics panel recommended his suspension over his conduct as a legislator, a jury in Ada County found him guilty of rape and not guilty of forcible penetration withContinue reading “Ex-legislator guilty of rape involving legislative intern”

Judge denies trial delay for ex-legislator accused of rape

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Fourth Judicial District Judge Michael Reardon denied a request Monday to delay the trial for a former Idaho legislator accused of two felony sex crimes connected to accusations from a 19-year-old legislative intern. Reardon heard from the attorney for Aaron von Ehlinger, who is charged with rape and forcible penetrationContinue reading “Judge denies trial delay for ex-legislator accused of rape”

Ex-legislator von Ehlinger appears in court, trial set for April 26

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The former Idaho legislator accused of two felony sex crimes connected to accusations from a 19-year-old legislative intern appeared in court Monday in preparation for trial.  Fourth Judicial District Judge Michael Reardon heard from attorneys and set a trial for April 26 for Aaron von Ehlinger, who is charged withContinue reading “Ex-legislator von Ehlinger appears in court, trial set for April 26”

House changes ethics complaint rule after last year’s hearings

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  After two contentious public ethics hearings in 2021, the House has passed changes to the rule governing ethics complaints made against members of the body. House Rule 45 is the rule that handles ethics complaints made against a member of the body. The committee held two public hearings last year,Continue reading “House changes ethics complaint rule after last year’s hearings”

Senate GOP refutes ethics allegations

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Senate Republican leadership issued a statement Friday evening accusing GOP state superintendent candidate Branden Durst of “spurious attacks” and “aggressive actions” against members of the Senate following a committee meeting earlier this week. The statement is attributed to President Pro Tem Chuck Winder, Majority Leader Kelly Anthon, Assistant Majority LeaderContinue reading “Senate GOP refutes ethics allegations”

Rejected bill leads to confrontation between senator and superintendent candidate 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  Disagreements over a rejected parental rights draft bill led to verbal altercations between a state senator and a candidate for state superintendent that twice involved the Idaho State Police.  On Tuesday, Sen. Christy Zito, R-Hammett, and Branden Durst, a former state senator and current candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction,Continue reading “Rejected bill leads to confrontation between senator and superintendent candidate “

Ethics committee weighs changes to hearing policy, transparency

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Committee on Ethics and House Policy met this week to review the House rule which led to the public hearings of two legislators accused of conduct unbecoming of a legislator.  In 2021, the committee received complaints about former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger and Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-Whitebird. Both wereContinue reading “Ethics committee weighs changes to hearing policy, transparency”

House votes to censure Giddings

By Ruth Brown and Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Idaho House of Representatives voted 49-19 on Monday to censure Rep. Priscilla Giddings, of White Bird, after the House Ethics Committee conducted a public hearing this summer. The vote came after a tense debate. At the beginning, members of the committee, as well as House SpeakerContinue reading “House votes to censure Giddings”

Ex-legislator accused of rape pleads not guilty

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports District Judge Michael Reardon accepted a not guilty plea Monday in the case involving a former legislator accused of raping a legislative intern.  Aaron von Ehlinger, 39, of Juliaetta, is charged on accusations of rape and forcible penetration with a foreign object, both felony charges.  He pleaded not guilty toContinue reading “Ex-legislator accused of rape pleads not guilty”

Update: Ex-legislator’s criminal case moves forward after rape accusation

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Editor’s note: This story may be disturbing to some readers due to discussion of alleged sexual violence. Ada County Magistrate Judge Kira Dale on Friday heard evidence in the case of the former Idaho legislator accused of sexually assaulting a legislative intern. The judge moved his case forward to DistrictContinue reading “Update: Ex-legislator’s criminal case moves forward after rape accusation”