BYU-I sexual abuse Title IX lawsuit moves forward after 6 years

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A federal judge determined this month that the six-year-old lawsuit against Brigham Young University-Idaho, revolving around allegations of sexual impropriety, must move forward.  A female student filed the lawsuit in 2016, alleging a professor was sexually harassing and abusing her at the university.  The professor, Stephen Stokes, died in JulyContinue reading “BYU-I sexual abuse Title IX lawsuit moves forward after 6 years”

Idaho Supreme Court affirms lDOC’s execution procedure

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  The Idaho Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with the lower court regarding the Department of Correction’s standard operating procedures around execution.    The case was brought by attorneys for Gerald Pizzuto Jr., who narrowly avoided execution in June.  The appeal concerned whether an execution protocol adopted by the Idaho Department ofContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court affirms lDOC’s execution procedure”

Superintendent candidate won’t be charged, but wife faces misdemeanor

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Branden Durst, candidate for state superintendent of public instruction, will not be criminally charged for accusations made regarding child abuse allegations. The Ada County Prosecutor’s Office did, however, charge Durst’s wife with misdemeanor injury to child after law enforcement routed them the report for consideration, according to prosecutor’s spokesperson EmilyContinue reading “Superintendent candidate won’t be charged, but wife faces misdemeanor”

Court issues protection order against Durst after child abuse accusations

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A candidate for Idaho state superintendent of schools is accused of encouraging an act of child abuse, according to a temporary protection order granted this week by a Washington state court. The court granted an order against Branden Durst and his current wife at the request of Durst’s ex-wife, afterContinue reading “Court issues protection order against Durst after child abuse accusations”

House introduces bill to block details on execution drugs

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The House State Affairs Committee introduced a bill Monday to prohibit public disclosure of where the state obtains lethal injection chemicals. Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, introduced the bill, saying “Around the country there has been an ongoing effort to repeal the death penalty,” and such an effort would fall voidContinue reading “House introduces bill to block details on execution drugs”

Final redistricting challenge shot down by Idaho Supreme Court

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The Idaho Supreme Court ruled Friday on the last outstanding redistricting challenge, officially clearing the way for the state’s spring primary election. The sole challenge to the congressional map alleged that the commission missed its 90-day constitutional deadline to submit its final plans, and lacked the ability to divide existingContinue reading “Final redistricting challenge shot down by Idaho Supreme Court”

Judge sides with Pizzuto over commutation denial 

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports On Friday afternoon, 2nd Judicial District Judge Jay Gaskill issued a written opinion out of Idaho County, saying the governor’s recent denial of commutation for a man on death row could be in violation of the constitution. Gerald Pizzuto Jr., 65, has been on death row for more than 35Continue reading “Judge sides with Pizzuto over commutation denial “

Legislative redistricting maps approved by Idaho Supreme Court

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  Challenges to Idaho’s redistricting plans have been denied by the Idaho Supreme Court, which means new legislative districts are officially finalized for the primary election this spring.  In a ruling issued Thursday, the court affirmed the redistricting commission’s decision to prioritize the smallest possible population deviations between legislative districts overContinue reading “Legislative redistricting maps approved by Idaho Supreme Court”

State of Judiciary outlines challenges of pandemic, need for resources

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice G. Richard Bevan focused Wednesday on how the courts have evolved during the pandemic, continuing to serve those who fall into the judicial system.  Bevan spoke before the Idaho Senate and again before the Idaho House of Representatives on Wednesday, delivering the annual State ofContinue reading “State of Judiciary outlines challenges of pandemic, need for resources”

Idaho Supreme Court hears congressional redistricting arguments 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The Idaho Supreme Court heard the sole challenge to Idaho’s congressional redistricting map this week, bringing the state one step closer to finalized electoral maps that will be in place for the next decade.  On Monday, Jan. 24, the court heard arguments on whether the 2021 redistricting commission completed itsContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court hears congressional redistricting arguments “