Law & Justice

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The man accused of starting last summer’s Table Rock Fire was ordered to pay a hefty fine Friday in a Boise courtroom.

After declaring his innocence for months, a judge earlier this week said evidence overwhelmingly pointed to Taylor Kemp as the culprit of the Table Rock Fire.

On the night of June 29 last year, a roman candle Kemp ignited illegally near the Boise landmark sparked the 2,500 acre blaze that destroyed one home and threatened dozens.

A refugee from Boise imprisoned for terror charges is now in more trouble.

Fazliddin Kurbanov is serving 25 years in federal prison for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The 34-year-old refugee fled Uzbekistan in 2009, and lived in Boise until he was arrested in 2013.

Kurbanov has maintained his innocence, telling a federal judge during his sentencing last year that he’s never been a terrorist.

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An Idaho driver who fled the scene after striking a man and his two daughters as they were walking — killing the father — was sentenced Monday to serve up to one year in a "rider" prison rehabilitation program.

Tristian Donovan Myers, 20, pleaded guilty in March to one count of felony leaving the scene and one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

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Idaho authorities have charged a Boise man with two felonies after they say he checked his two young kids out of school and fled to the Nevada mountains, leaving a burnt-out vehicle and scattered personal belongings along the way, authorities said Tuesday.

Nevada's Eureka County Sheriff Keith Logan said 29-year-old Joshua Dundon was being held in Nevada for lack of $5 million bail.

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Idaho asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses after a lower court judge sided with animal rights activists who said the ban violated free speech rights.

Idaho lawmakers in 2014 made it a criminal offense to enter agricultural facilities by misrepresentation to gain access to records or to make undercover audio or video recordings. The state's large dairy industry had complained that videos of cows being abused at a southern Idaho dairy unfairly hurt business.

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Yellowstone National Park officials say a wolf they euthanized after hikers found the animal suffering from a serious injury had been shot.

Park officials released preliminary necropsy findings Thursday for the wolf that was discovered wounded on April 11 near Gardiner, Montana, in northern Yellowstone.

They are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the shooter's conviction. The alpha female of the Canyon Pack was one of three white wolves in Yellowstone.

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The Trump administration on Monday named 10 judges and other law professionals it plans to nominate for key posts as President Donald Trump works to place more conservatives on the nation's federal courts.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that among the candidates are individuals previously named on Trump's list of 21 possible picks for Supreme Court justice. All nominees would require Senate confirmation.

The announcement came less than a month after Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed, restoring the court's conservative tilt.

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The Boise School District informed parents and guardians extra security will be on campus at Capital High School Friday in response to a threat found inside a bathroom stall. It’s the latest in a string of threats made against Treasure Valley schools.

Boise District spokesman Dan Hollar says while the threat is vague and not directed at a specific individual, it specified the date: Friday, May 5. Police are investigating and say they believe it's not credible, but in an abundance of caution they'll increase their presence at the school that day. No suspect has been identified.

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The Idaho Supreme Court upheld a ruling by a lower court finding public school student fees are unconstitutional.

The case was brought in 2012 by former Nampa Schools Superintendent Russell Joki. The case claimed school fees undercut the guarantee of free public education in the state. Listed defendants in the suit were the state of Idaho, the West Ada School District and the state legislature.

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The trial of six men accused of federal crimes during a standoff at a Nevada ranch divided a Las Vegas jury Monday.

The jury found two men guilty of crimes connected to the armed standoff at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in 2014. A group critical of federal land management gathered at Bundy's ranch to defy agents there to round up his cattle, which were grazing on public lands. The armed standoff ended without injuries.

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A teen arrested in connection with a threatening message saying a school shooting would take place earlier this week at Skyview High in Nampa says he watched videos about the 1999 Columbine school shooting.

Eighteen-year-old Martin Soto was arraigned Wednesday on a felony count of possessing a stolen weapon. Both he and a 16-year-old student who also was arrested are thought to have played roles in the message saying a shooting would take place at Skyview Tuesday.

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The first of three trials in the case of Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy has gone to the jury. The six defendants include four from Idaho.

Testimony has been going on for two months. The six defendants, from Idaho, Arizona and Oklahoma, are accused of a variety of charges, including conspiracy and assault on a federal agent. They are accused of using guns as they stopped federal agents from rounding up Cliven Bundy’s cattle in 2014. States’ rights supporters say this is really a case about federal control of public land in the West.

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President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration enforcement in January has put a spotlight on the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE. But according to acting Idaho U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez, President Trump’s executive order has not changed how his office handles immigration cases.

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During a hearing yesterday in New York City, the man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering Sierra Bush declared his innocence before being extradited to Idaho.

Bruce Marchant arrived back in the Gem State just after midnight Thursday to face charges in connection with the rape and killing of Boise State student Sierra Bush.

Wednesday, as authorities led Marchant out of a Manhattan court room, he asked if anyone present was a reporter. He then declared he wasn't guilty of rape and murder.

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At least 17 investors who sunk money into a project to convert an old power station near downtown Boise into an event space say they were taken for a ride by a scam artist.

The group of investors claim Jeffrey Jerome took their funds to transform the old brick power station into a cultural venue through his sham business and spent the money to repay debts and personal expenses like his mortgage. The Idaho Statesman reports Jerome raised more than $238,000 for the project.

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