Law & Justice

Office of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo

Idaho’s newest federal district court judge was sworn in Tuesday after more than a year of delays. He’ll step right up to the bench and start taking cases.

President Donald Trump signed Judge David Nye’s commission letter Tuesday. That clears the way for Idaho’s first new federal district judge in over 22 years.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement – ICE – is looking to lease beds at the Jerome County Jail to hold immigration suspects. The back and forth between ICE and Jerome County Commissioners has garnered a lot of attention and controversy.

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Among Idaho's nearly 8,000 inmates, there are four who not only did their growing up behind bars but can expect to die there as well.

Ethan Windom, Sarah Johnson, Torey Adamcik and Brian Draper: Each one convicted of murder — or in Johnson's case, murders — while still juveniles, each sentenced to life without parole.

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It was a game of Russian roulette that led to the death of 18-year-old Tim Reeves while he and friends were camping in Idaho, witnesses said.

Friends, all juveniles, who were on the camping trip told the Latah County District Court on Wednesday that after a night of alcohol and marijuana use, Keagan Tennant pointed a rifle at Reeves. They said Reeves held a silver Smith and Wesson revolver and aimed it at Tennant, The Lewiston Tribune reported.

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A new state analysis shows just 4 percent of reported rapes in Idaho result in a guilty conviction of a sex crime.

According to a recently released Idaho State Police report, rape charges are the most likely to be amended or modified to a lesser offense compared to other sex crime charges.

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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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