Law & Justice

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The ACLU of Idaho filed suit against the state police on behalf of a group of artists and a venue owner, challenging a statute the organization says censors artistic expression.

Non-union workers in Idaho could be required to pay some fees to the unions that represent them if a lawsuit pending in federal court succeeds.

The Spokesman-Review reports that the Idaho Attorney General's office has filed a motion asking the federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

August Dean Elliott died last September after being admitted to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center for a cardiac arrhythmia. According to the suit, the nurse who treated him, Jeffrey Smith, failed to check the dosage of the medicine ordered by the doctor. The baby died within hours of receiving an adult dose of saline solution infused with potassium phosphate.

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A school bus roaming the streets of Moscow this week has been a cover for police officers looking to catch traffic violations.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that members of the Moscow Police Department, Idaho State Police and Latah County Sheriff's Department rode in the bus that was equipped with a video camera, radio and observation form in order to flag down potential tickets for patrol cars.

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U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is back in court Monday as his lawyers work to get his case dismissed. The Hailey native has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy during his deployment to Afghanistan. 

Bergdahl’s lawyers say his case was improperly influenced by Arizona Sen. John McCain last year when he said that if the military doesn’t punish the Army sergeant, he would hold a Senate hearing on the case.

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A special prosecutor has cleared Canyon County’s sheriff of any wrongdoing after a year-long investigation.

KTVB-TV reports that Sheriff Kieran Donahue was accused of misusing public funds.

Special prosecutor Daniel Norris, the Malheur County District Attorney, announced his decision Friday.

Norris said allegations that Donahue used county resources inappropriately for personal benefit were without merit and he broke no laws.

A former principal of a southeastern Idaho school has admitted to stealing nearly $9,500 from the school.

Brenda Honena, of Blackfoot, pleaded guilty to theft in federal court Tuesday for taking the money from Fort Hall Elementary School in 2012.

Honena was indicted by a federal grand jury in February after Blackfoot School District officials discovered that some suppliers for fundraisers at the elementary school had not been paid.

Honena had initially denied taking the money but later told FBI agents she spent the money for personal use.

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U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson and U.S. Marshal for Idaho Brian Underwood will meet with the public Tuesday and Wednesday at the Boise Public Library. For Olson, the meetings come after some recent decisions that have made some people in Idaho quite angry.

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The Jerome Police Department is preparing to outfit all of its officers with body cameras by the end of the week.

The Times-News reports police Chief Dan Hall expects to wrap up training and issue the devices to all patrol officers by Friday.

He says the officers will be required to have the cameras activated during most interactions with the public. Some exceptions include when officers are directing traffic for extended periods, talking to confidential informants or when in a private residence.

The family of a rancher authorities say was shot and killed by two Adams County Sheriff's deputies has filed a legal notice of their intent to sue the county.

The Idaho Statesman reports in a story on Tuesday that the family of Jack Yantis filed a tort claim earlier this year as a precursor to a wrongful death lawsuit seeking $500,000.

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Police in Idaho are trying to change speed traps by eliminating the "trap" part of the process.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that local police have started posting officers' locations on the department's Facebook page.

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White says officers aren't out to ticket drivers but to keep the public safe.

White says the idea came from a fellow police chief who says the program was effective in his department. White says the posts are an easy way to educate people about traffic safety law.

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An Idaho judge has been confirmed by a U.S. Senate Committee. Now David Nye faces the full Senate. The Spokesman Review’s Eye on Boise Blog reports Nye got unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday for the job of Idaho’s next U.S. district judge.

A Boise police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing after firing a shot at a suspect that missed.

The Boise Police Department in a decision announced Wednesday says Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs determined Officer Michelle Havens acted according to protocol.

Police say that Havens fired one shot at Jennie Timmons in early March after Timmons didn't follow verbal commands and brandished an all-black BB gun that looked like a real firearm.

Police say evidence indicates Timmons attempted to force officers to shoot her.

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A 28-year-old southwest Idaho man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for impregnating a 13-year-old girl.

David M. Arquette of Nampa received the sentence Monday in 3rd District Court and must serve seven years before becoming eligible for parole.

Arquette must also pay a $5,000 civil penalty, register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim or any female under the age of 18 for the duration of the sentence.

Police arrested Arquette in January and he pleaded guilty in March to felony lewd conduct with a child.

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Idaho Falls saw an increase in violent crimes in 2015, but state data shows criminal offenses are still below statistics from 10 years ago.

The Post Register reports that according to data from the 2015 Crime in Idaho report, the Idaho Falls Police Department received a total of 3,900 reports in 2015, which is a 6.4 percent increase from the previous year.

In 2005, reported offenses totaled 4,866, according to past reports.

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