Idaho prisons continue to combat COVID infections among staff, residents

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Correction houses more than 8,000 people in custody and the latest updates show coronavirus infection numbers are again increasing.  In a COVID update posted Thursday, IDOC deputy director Bree Derrick wrote about how the Delta variant has changed the game. “First and foremost, please remain vigilantContinue reading “Idaho prisons continue to combat COVID infections among staff, residents”

Former legislator accused of rape arrested in Georgia

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Authorities arrested former legislator Aaron Von Ehlinger, who is accused of raping a legislative intern, in Clayton County, Georgia. A warrant was issued for Von Ehlinger’s arrest on Sept. 9 in Ada County on charges accusing him of rape and sexual penetration with a foreign object. He was booked intoContinue reading “Former legislator accused of rape arrested in Georgia”

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”

Governor, law enforcement say growing fentanyl trade threatens ‘Idaho way of life’

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little and law enforcement officers this week described growing drug availability as a threat to the region, and pointed to the U.S.-Mexico border as the primary source of those drugs. Officials spoke in a press conference at the Idaho State Police headquarters in Meridian following a roundtable discussionContinue reading “Governor, law enforcement say growing fentanyl trade threatens ‘Idaho way of life’”

Idaho one step closer to receiving millions in opioid settlement funds

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Thursday that Idaho expects to receive approximately $21.6 million as part of a proposed resolution of a multistate lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family over their role in the opioid epidemic. The proposal was submitted to federal bankruptcy court by a mediator onContinue reading “Idaho one step closer to receiving millions in opioid settlement funds”

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”