Idaho law forbids executing intellectually disabled people; Attorneys question whether Pizzuto qualifies

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A decision by the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole on Tuesday led to the stay of an Idaho man’s execution, and at least bought him some time. The Commission granted Gerald Pizzuto Jr. a commutation hearing, which they will take up in November. His June 2 execution was canceledContinue reading “Idaho law forbids executing intellectually disabled people; Attorneys question whether Pizzuto qualifies”

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”

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”

Boise Police investigate accusation of sexual assault by Rep. von Ehlinger

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Boise Police confirmed Monday that they are investigating accusations of sexual assault made against Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston. As first reported by the Lewiston Tribune and later Boise State Public Radio, a GOP volunteer staff member claims von Ehlinger sexually assaulted her in March. Von Ehlinger denies all claimsContinue reading “Boise Police investigate accusation of sexual assault by Rep. von Ehlinger”

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”

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”

Wrongful conviction bill passes Idaho House, heads to the governor

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A bill that would compensate people who are wrongfully convicted of a crime is headed to the governor for signature, after unanimously passing both the Senate and the House. Gov. Brad Little vetoed a similar bill last year, but sponsors expect him to sign this version after addressing his priorContinue reading “Wrongful conviction bill passes Idaho House, heads to the governor”

Just Say Never: Proposed constitutional amendment on drug policy would set Idaho apart even more

by Devon Downey and Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Idaho would not allow recreational marijuana to ever be legalized if a new constitutional amendment is passed by the Legislature and voters. On Feb. 3rd, the Idaho Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 101 on a 24-11 vote, just passing the two-thirds requirement needed for a constitutional amendment.Continue reading “Just Say Never: Proposed constitutional amendment on drug policy would set Idaho apart even more”