Law & Justice

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The Supreme Court’s decision Monday to strike down a Texas abortion restriction law could have ripple effects in Idaho, where pro-choice advocates are cheering. In a 5-3 ruling, the justices overturned a Texas law requiring surgical facilities in abortion clinics, while also requiring clinic doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

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Three men police say targeted two youths in a racially-based attack are facing felony hate crime charges.

Boise police arrested 29-year-old Christopher Daniel, 48-year-old Verdell Daniel and 27-year-old Thomas Caldwell on Sunday. All three have been charged with felony malicious harassment. Caldwell also faces misdemeanor battery and driving under the influence charges, and Christopher Daniel faces felony and misdemeanor battery charges.

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A Caldwell-based seed company has agreed to pay $200,000 in penalties to settle allegations that it illegally discriminated against citizens from outside the U.S.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the Justice Department announced the settlement with the Crookham Company on Monday.

A federal investigation from 2014 to earlier this year found that Crookham required non-U.S. citizens to show either a permanent resident card or employment authorization card to prove they were authorized to work. U.S. citizens had been allowed to produce any type of valid documentation.

An Uzbek refugee sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of a plan to kill military personnel or civilians in Idaho has dropped an appeal of his conviction and sentence in exchange for dismissal of bomb-making charges in Utah.

The Idaho Statesman reports in a story on Thursday the deal also includes prosecutors in Idaho dropping their appeal that 33-year-old Fazliddin Kurbanov's 25-year sentence isn't long enough.

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Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs says it’s his ethical duty to not sensationalize an active criminal case, and that information on juvenile cases is even more sensitive. But after anti-Muslim conspiracy websites accused officials of covering up the sexual assault of a five-year-old girl, Loebs is publicly disputing these accusations.

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Boise Police are trying to crack a murder case that’s 39 years old. Despite the passing of time, they’re hoping for new leads in a Cold Case that happened back in 1977.

The Crime: It was April 20, 1977. Oney Leiby, 62, was a night watchman at Thriftway Lumber in Boise. He was murdered in the middle of the night while on duty, leaving behind a wife and two grown sons.

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Boise Police have joined other departments around the country to equip officers with body cameras. As of this week, 30 police officers have begun wearing cameras while on patrol. It’s the first group to receive the cameras, and it will take a year for the rest of the 250 cameras to be distributed.

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A Portland, Oregon, woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling $850,000 through a scheme that transferred unused money in flexible spending accounts to her private accounts.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Idaho says 45-year-old Sara Curnow pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud in U.S. District Court in Boise, Idaho.

Authorities say Curnow worked for Pinnacle Pension Services headquartered in Boise. Pinnacle handled flexible spending accounts for St. Luke's Health System. Employees deposited pre-tax funds into accounts and Pinnacle approved disbursements.

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A southwest Idaho police agency says it will no longer respond to requests from parents seeking help disciplining children unless an actual crime has occurred.

The Nampa Police Department says the new policy starting Sunday is one of the changes intended to give patrol officers more time to do proactive police work.

Lt. Jason Kimball says the agency gets several calls a week from parents complaining about kids not brushing their teeth or going to bed on time.

Kristina Anderson

A woman who survived the mass shooting at Virginia Tech nine years ago is bringing her message of safety to Boise State University.

Kristina Anderson was in French class on April 16, 2007 when another student walked into her building, chained the doors shut, and started shooting at teachers and students. Anderson was shot three times. The gunman killed 32 people and wounded 17 others before taking his own life.

Now, Anderson travels the country telling her story and encouraging people to talk about safety in schools, businesses and public spaces.

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Federal officials say an arrest warrant has been issued for a northern Idaho doctor found guilty of illegally distributing pain pills.

The FBI says 62-year-old Rafael L. W. Beier of Kingston skipped the verdict of his federal trial Tuesday and is considered armed and dangerous.

A federal jury found Beier guilty of 66 drug distribution and drug conspiracy charges. The verdict came on the second day of deliberations.

Authorities say that between 2012 and May 2014, Beier sold prescriptions for cash, meeting people at bars, parking lots, stores and in his office.

Authorities say an Idaho jail is no longer required to have federal oversight now that conditions have been improved.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the Canyon County jail has been under federal court oversight since the American Civil Liberties Union sued over what it called "indecent, cruel and inhumane" conditions there seven years ago.

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A southwest Idaho police department says three handguns, a rifle and a shotgun have been stolen from unlocked vehicles in the last week.

The Meridian Police Department in a statement Friday says it has taken more than 20 vehicle burglary reports in that span and all came from residents who didn't lock their vehicles.

The agency says the theft of firearms poses a potential threat to the public and police officers.

The agency says residents should lock their vehicles and not leave firearms in them.

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Two Ada County sheriff’s deputies last week shot and killed 53-year-old Lee Easter in his southwest Boise home. Easter was, at the time, reportedly suicidal. The deputies say they tried to talk to him but that Easter pointed a handgun at them and they fired. That shooting is being investigated by the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force and being led by the Boise Police Department.

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A northern Idaho city has settled a lawsuit brought by wedding chapel owners who oppose same-sex marriage.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Coeur d'Alene agreed Friday to pay the Hitching Post $1,000 but not to change its non-discrimination ordinance. The city attorney says the city hopes the settlement will save taxpayers' money.

The city's ordinance makes it illegal to discriminate because of sexual orientation but includes an exception for religious organizations.

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