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11:44 am
Wed October 2, 2013

A Unanimous Supreme Court Ruling, But Still No House For Idaho Couple

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 1:13 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to begin its new term Monday – despite the federal government shutdown. The new round of legal cases will likely continue a pattern of closely divided rulings.

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10:36 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Effect Of DOMA Ruling Murky For Idaho, Oregon Couples Married Elsewhere

Charli Deltenre

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 6:48 pm

It's still not clear what the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act will mean for many same-sex couples in the Northwest. That's because of new legal questions surrounding the hundreds of couples who have marriage licenses from Washington state but live in states like Idaho and Oregon that have banned same-sex marriage.

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12:11 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decisions Won’t Affect Idaho Law

Credit Franz Jantzen / U.S. Supreme Court Website

Law experts in Idaho say today’s decisions from the Supreme Court that strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and allow gay marriage to resume in California will have no effect on Idaho law.

Gay couples do not have the right to marry in Idaho.  Idaho passed a constitutional amendment in 2006 that says the only marriage the state will recognize is between a man and woman. 

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3:41 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Idaho Lawyer Allen Derr, Who Won Landmark Anti-Discrimination Case, Dies

Allen Derr was a founding member of the Idaho Press Club.
Credit 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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8:39 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Logging Roads Don’t Violate Pollution Law

The Supreme Court today decided in favor of the timber industry in a case about the regulation of muddy waters that flow off logging roads.  In a surprising move, one of the court’s conservative justices dissented, and sided with the environmentalists.

Environmental groups in Oregon filed the case.

They argued that muddy water flowing from ditches into forest streams, harms fish, and should be considered industrial pollution.

In a 7-1 decision the Court said it would defer to the Environmental Protection Agency’s read of the law.

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7:46 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Supreme Court Lets Limits On River Mining Stand

Credit Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday makes it harder for miners to gain access to Northwest rivers. Environmental groups hailed the decision as a major victory.

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9:33 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Supreme Court: EPA Rule Could Make Logging Road Case Moot

A crew builds a new road on a Weyerhaeuser Tree Farm near Molalla. States set construction, maintenance, and placement standards for new logging roads, to control water pollution.
Credit Amelia Templeton

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case from Oregon over water pollution from logging roads. But a last minute rule change may have made the case moot.

Attorneys involved in the case say that at 5 pm last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a new rule trying to clarify that the runoff from logging roads should not be considered industrial pollution. 

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3:39 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Supreme Court Rejects ‘Roadless Rule’ Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal to the so-called Roadless Rule. The law bans development on nearly 60,000,000 acres of national forest land.

Since its enactment in early 2001, the Roadless Rule has drawn fire from Western states and industry groups -- most recently the state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association.

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Health Care
6:35 am
Fri June 29, 2012

One Idaho Doctor Weighs In On Affordable Care Court Decision

Dr. Ted Epperly
Samantha Wright Boise State Public Radio

The U-S Supreme Court’s decision to uphold universal health care has triggered a lot of reaction from politicians and analysts.  Idaho was one of the first states to join the lawsuit to strike down the law.  

Ted Epperly has been involved in the debate over health care, testifying before Congress and speaking across the country about the need for reform measures.  The Boise-based family physician served as the President of the American Academy of Family Physicians and met with President Obama six times to offer his views about health care. 

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Health Care Ruling
1:03 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

In Your Words: Idahoans React To Health Care Ruling

Boise residents Emma Coggy and Laurie Jo Kark.
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

In a 5-4 majority, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld most of  the federal health care law, including one of the more controversial measures, the individual mandate

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Health Care Ruling
10:12 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Idaho Lawmakers Weigh In On Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling

Emilie Ritter Saunders StateImpact Idaho

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the majority of President Barack Obama's health care law.  

The high court issued its ruling in Washington this morning.  You can read the ruling here.

Now, Idaho lawmakers and policy makers are weighing in. 

Here's what some of them are saying:

Update at 2:30 pm MST

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6:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Idaho Senator Says Some Health Care Rules Will Stay

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Senator Crapo's Office

The U.S. Supreme Court will make a much anticipated decision this week on the nation’s health care law.  Idaho's senior senator believes some parts of the law will survive whatever the court decides. 

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3:46 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Idaho Senator Supports Montana’s Stand On State’s Rights

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Senator Crapo's Office

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday to reject a Montana law that bans direct corporate spending on state political campaigns. 

U.S.  Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) said Tuesday the Court’s decision dealt a blow to state sovereignty.  "I believe it should have gone the other way and it should have supported the state of Montana."

Montana’s one hundred-year old law conflicts with a U.S. Supreme Court decision called Citizen’s United that allows unlimited corporate spending in federal campaigns. 

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Crime & Courts
3:59 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Supreme Court Rejects Idaho By Association


The United States Supreme Court Monday rejected Montana’s challenge to Citizen’s United, the decision that removed limits on corporate spending in political campaigns. Montana argued its state laws gave it the right to limit political spending. Idaho was one of several states that filed friend of the court briefs to support its neighbor’s position. Bob Cooper with the Idaho Attorney General’s office says the AG was not speaking against Citizen’s United, simply supporting states’ rights.

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2:25 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Idaho Joins With 21 States To Support State Sovereignty

U.S. Supreme Court
Franz Jantzen U.S. Supreme Court Website

The state of Idaho is now supporting Montana’s effort to keep the U.S. Supreme Court from changing that state's campaign finance laws.  In all, 22 states and the District of Columbia have joined Montana's cause.

The case centers on a state’s ability to ban direct corporate spending on campaigns.  Montana wants to keep that right.  But the U.S. Supreme Court is mulling whether doing so would conflict with a ruling that allows unlimited corporate spending in federal campaigns. 

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Health Care
6:29 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Idaho Woman Arrested For Abortion Is Uneasy Case For Both Sides

Jennie McCormack tries to calm her 3-year-old son, the youngest of her three kids.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

An Idaho woman arrested for inducing her own abortion is taking her case to federal court. Jennie Linn McCormack was charged last year under an obscure Idaho law for ending her pregnancy with RU-486. She joins an increasing number of women who get the so-called abortion pill off the internet. McCormack’s attorney says he’s willing to take the challenge all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, neither pro-choice nor pro-life groups are paying attention to the case.

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Health Care
2:46 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Sen. Crapo Offers Alternative To Health Care Act

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)

The Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. is hearing arguments on the Affordable Care Act.  One of the main questions is whether the government can force people to buy health insurance. 

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) opposes the law.  He suggests an alternative way to fund health care.  "Rather than having the government pay for the health care," Crapo says.  " The government could utilize the same resources to subsidize access to health insurance for those who are truly in need."

10:23 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Court Decides Idaho Property Rights Case On Narrow Grounds

Mike and Chantell Sackett imagine a rustic, three-bedroom A-frame, with views of Priest Lake and the rugged landscape that surrounds it. But the EPA told them in 2007 that because their plot is designated as a wetland, they could face steep fines for building.

The coupled hired engineers who dispute that finding. But they never had a chance to argue that point. In an interview last fall, Chantell Sackett said the case comes down to this exchange with a EPA manager.

"I said, 'So, why would I stop building my house? She said, 'Because we told you to.'"

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4:46 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

North Idaho Couple Celebrates Property Rights Victory

Chantell and Mike Sackett say the EPA violated their right to due process when it said they were building a house on a wetland and ordered them to restore the land.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A north Idaho couple is celebrating a major legal victory at the nation's highest court. Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Mike and Chantell Sackett have the right to challenge a decision by federal regulators that their property is a protected wetland. 

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