Law & Justice

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A county commissioner says he’s frustrated at having to pay the bill for a third trial in a murder case.

Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt says he’d be inclined to let a two-time convicted murderer go free, rather than have to pony up the cost of a third trial.

Brandt says Idaho County shouldn’t have to pay the bill for Mark H. Lankford’s third trial.

Lankford was convicted and sentenced to death in 1984 for beating a Texas Marine Captain and his wife to death at a campsite near Grangeville. That conviction was overturned by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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The panel that disciplines judges in Idaho has exonerated a southern Idaho judge who sentenced a teen to probation for assaulting a football teammate in a controversial case earlier this year.

The Idaho Judicial Council announced Monday that an investigation into Fifth District Judge Randy Stoker found no misconduct.

Northern Idaho investigators say there may be hundreds of victims linked with a child pornography case recently uncovered.

Investigators found about 24,000 images of children, some who were naked, on the electronic devices of Jason McGovern of Hayden, the Coeur d'Alene Press reported. Investigator Paul Farina with the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit said it is the among the largest child porn cases he has handled in his six years working on similar cases.

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After controversy over legal vs illegal fireworks in Idaho in the run up to the July Fourth holiday, the Boise Fire Department reports they did respond to fires over the long weekend caused by fireworks.

BFD reports 13 fires on July 4 and July 5. Four were started by fireworks, and five are still under investigation. That is a drop from last year when ten fires were started by fireworks.

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An Idaho teen was placed on probation after a Facebook altercation ended in gunshots fired and an aggravated assault conviction.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports 18-year-old Colton M. Mayberry, who was convicted of aggravated assault, was placed on supervised probation Monday for two years.

Judge Lansing L. Haynes withheld judgment, allowing Mayberry to successfully complete probation before deciding if the conviction will appear on his criminal record.

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State Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, sponsored successful legislation the last two years to change how police in Idaho handle, process and store what are known as "rape kits." The kits are used by investigators to preserve evidence of a sexual assault.

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An Ada County Grand Jury has handed down an indictment in the case of a Boise State University student who was raped, kidnapped and murdered last year.

Sierra Bush disappeared last September. Her body was found a month later, south of Idaho City. Police narrowed down their search for a suspect to a man who had rented a home from Bush’s father before her death.

In November, Bruce Marchant was found in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Manhattan. He told reporters then that he wasn’t guilty of rape or murder.

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A Northern Idaho 21-year-old accused of punching a man faces a manslaughter charge after the victim later died at a hospital.

Tyler Finlay, 21, is accused of punching Jeffrey Marfice, 29, during an altercation that broke out Sunday, The Coeur d'Alene Press reported.

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Authorities arrested an Idaho man on Thursday who was in possession of a Molotov cocktail fire bomb — the same type of explosive that was thrown at the Bannock County Courthouse the day before.

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An Idaho man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of fatally shooting his cousin.

The Post Register reports Demetrius Gomez was sentenced Tuesday.

A Chief U.S. District judge also ordered Gomez to serve five years of supervised release after completing his prison term.

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The Idaho Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday over a controversial veto by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

The Idaho Legislature passed a repeal of the grocery tax earlier this year, a 6 percent tax that most states do not impose. The measure gained bipartisan support and passed the Senate and House in March.

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An Idaho man was sentenced to one year in jail after he was found guilty of causing a crash that killed a 64-year-old driver.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports 22-year-old Tyler Callahan of Weiser received his sentence Tuesday for one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. A judge says Callahan's jail sentence could be modified during a review hearing in September.

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Law enforcement officials say they are investigating after a gay pride flag was found burned in front of a Boise home.

According to Boise police, an unknown suspect damaged a gay pride flag displayed outside a Boise home sometime between during the evening of June 10 and the morning of June 11. Police say that the owners were displaying the rainbow flag in support of Boise's pride week.

The case is being investigated as malicious harassment. Idaho doesn't include sexual orientation and gender identity in its malicious harassment law.

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Two Idaho teenagers have been charged with brutally beating a 15-year-old boy who was left bloodied and unconscious in a park in Nampa last month.

The boy is still hospitalized after spending a week in an intensive care unit.

Nampa Sgt. Tim Riha declined to identify the suspects because they are under age 18. They were arrested after police spoke with some of the friends of the victim, Jason Cooley Jr., Riha said.

Jason was found by his mother after she called him and someone else answered his phone.

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The small city of Filer is exploring the feasibility of outsourcing its police force to the Twin Falls County Sheriff. Hundreds turned out to support Filer cops at a meeting Tuesday night.

City Council meetings in Filer don’t typically draw hundreds of citizens, but Tuesday’s brought out droves of people supporting the Filer Police Department.

Filer’s mayor, Rick Dunn, asked the Twin Falls County Sheriff to explore the possibility of outsourcing the city’s law enforcement to the county. Sheriff Tom Carter presented his findings at last night’s council meeting.

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