Law & Justice

Boise Students Organize Women's March

Jan 17, 2019
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The 2019 Women's March takes place on the Capitol on Saturday. Idaho Matters speaks with the march's organizers.

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This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could restore tribal hunting rights in Wyoming, which could affect tribes throughout our region.

Marsy's Law passed in California in 2008 to provide legal protections and access to information for victims of abuse. Eight other states have passed the law but in the last session, the bill fell short of passage in the Idaho legislature. Idaho Matters talks with victims' advocates about efforts to re-introduce the law.


The City of Pocatello could be liable for more than $20 million if a class-action lawsuit centering on utility fees proceeds.

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A man once deemed mentally unfit to stand trial for the death of his ex-wife has been cleared to face charges of murder, assault and kidnapping.

Association of State Correctional Administrators

In late November, Josh Tewalt was appointed by the Idaho Board of Correction to lead IDOC. He replaced Henry Atencio, who directed the department for 28 years. Tewalt joins Idaho Matters to discuss recent allegations about conditions in a Texas prison where Idaho inmates are serving time, the proposed $500 million prison expansion and the future of corrections in a state with a rapidly growing population.

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New Years is synonymous with champagne and parties. Ahead of Tuesday night’s myriad celebrations, AAA is reminding drivers to be mindful of how much of the festivities they partake in.

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Idaho guardian ad litem programs provide a voice to represent abused and neglected children. On Thursday's Idaho Matters, we look at the programs and the efforts to improve them.

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The American Civil Liberties Union national political director is in Boise to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the state's chapter. Faiz Shakir and Policy Director for the ACLU of Idaho Kathy Griesmyer join Gemma Gaudette to discuss legislative activity in the Gem State and beyond.  

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Planned Parenthood filed suit Friday morning against an Idaho law that restricts what kind of medical professionals can perform abortions. The group argues the state cannot restrict abortion services from advanced practice clinicians, such as nurse practitioners and midwives from conducting abortions.


The Idaho Falls Police Department recently acquired a DNA collection device that vastly improves evidence gathering. Idaho Matters talks with the machine's inventor and the IFPD about how this is a game-changer for crime scene investigators.

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Laws that allow people to use deadly force when threatened — without requiring them to first retreat — have been sweeping across the nation for over a decade. Today, depending on your definition, “stand your ground” is law in well over half of American states. We speak with Guns and America reporter Heath Druzin about this new law.

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Efforts to make conversion therapy illegal in Idaho died in the statehouse last year. Two new films have brought this discussion to the forefront and on Thursday's Idaho Matters, we'll find out why this practice is dangerous and we'll hear about efforts to make it a crime in the Gem State.

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Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador has joined a longstanding court fight over how Utah’s political parties choose their candidates.

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Journalists have been under increasing threat in America in recent years. This year alone, a gunman killed five Maryland newspaper employees, someone sent pipe bombs to CNN and reporters have been attacked at demonstrations. This environment is leading some in the Idaho news business to reassess safety.