Law & Justice

This interview was originally broadcast August 9, 2018.

For years, Kelly Sundberg endured horrific domestic battery at the hands of her husband.  After being found guilty of assault, her husband's only sentence was to write a letter of apology.

Planned Parenthood of the Northwest

Lawyers sparred Monday, September 17 over an abortion reporting law that passed earlier this year and went into effect July 1. It mandates health providers hand over information to the state about women receiving abortions – including if they have any of 37 so-called complications named in the law.

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho Department of Correction doesn’t have to release information about which drugs it used to execute two inmates or where it got them from – at least for now.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The Liberty Bell replica and other parts of the Idaho Capitol have been cleaned up after state officials found graffiti on the landmarks this week.

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A ruling by the 9th circuit Court of Appeals last week determined the prosecution of homeless people for sleeping in public constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. We drill down into the issue of homeless rights and public safety.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A federal appeals court is siding with several homeless people in Boise who have sued the city for prosecuting them for sleeping outside.

Douglas Forest Protective Association

An Idaho inmate is being held without bail after a woman accused him of raping her at a wildfire camp in August.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

A not guilty plea has been entered for Timmy Earl Kinner, the suspect in a mass stabbing attack that rocked Boise nearly two months ago.

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So far in 2018, the Idaho State Tax Commission has blocked nearly $130,000 in fraudulently filed tax refund requests.


Credit: Boise Police Department

University of Idaho College of Law associate professor Katherine Macfarlane will be discussing the use of force by police as part of the school's Vandal Voices series. She joins Idaho Matters with Boise Police Department deputy chief Scott Mulcahy to discuss use of force training and the use of body cameras.

Rocky Barker / Idaho Statesman

U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Winmill says Idaho broke the law when it forced several people in Payette County to sell their natural gas and oil to a Texas company. The ruling, which came down earlier this week, dealt a blow to the Idaho Oil and Gas Commission and the State Department of Lands.

Author J. Reuben Appelman's breadth of writing spans from true crime to UFC coverage to poetry. His latest book, The Kill Jar, chronicles the hunt for a serial killer who haunted his Detroit neighborhood in the 1970s. Appelman joins Idaho Matters to talk about the book.

The Idaho Children's Trust Fund/Prevent Child Abuse Idaho provides funding, training and technical assistance to community-based programs working to strengthen families in order to prevent child abuse and neglect in Idaho. We speak with the fund's director and an advocate from St. Luke's Children's about advocacy and prevention efforts.

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s attorney general has added his support for Nevada in a recent court filing as the state tries to carry out its first execution since 2006. 


"Abbey" Abbondandollo spent 32 years with the Houston Police Department - most of them as a homicide detective.  These days he works as director of security with St. Luke's and he moonlights on the side as a consultant with the Oxygen Network's "Cold Justice."  Abbondandollo joins Idaho Matters to talk about hunting down some of the most brutal killers of our time.