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Courtesy of Allen Derr

Longtime Idaho attorney Allen Derr passed away in Boise Monday. He was a founding member of the Idaho Press Club and a champion of equal rights. He may be best remembered for a 1971 U.S. Supreme Court case involving Sally Reed of Boise.  Her son had committed suicide a few years earlier. 

Courtesy of the Idaho Press Club

Allen Derr, an Idaho lawyer who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling to bolster anti-discrimination protections for women, died Monday in Boise. He was 85.

On Nov. 22, 1971, the Supreme Court justices issued their Reed vs. Reed decision, holding states cannot discriminate against people because of their gender. It marked a departure from the era when courts often excluded women from full participation in important civil affairs.

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Idaho and 25 other states challenge the country's health care law in the U.S. Supreme Court this week. The justices will hear challenges on three parts of the law but the biggest question facing the justices is whether the government can force people to purchase private health insurance.

Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson says a ruling in favor of the individual mandate would greatly expand federal power. He questioned, “If they can do that, what can’t they do under the commerce clause?”