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How The Pandemic Affected The Criminal Justice System Across The Mountain West

Ammon Bundy
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Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy, wearing a cowboy hat, yells through the closed Ada County Courthouse door at law enforcement officers inside Monday, March 15, 2021, in Boise, Idaho. Bundy was scheduled to stand trial Monday on charges that he trespassed and obstructed officers at the Idaho Statehouse during a special legislative session last fall, but Magistrate Judge David Manweiler issued a warrant for Bundy's arrest after Bundy failed to appear in the courtroom. People are required to wear face coverings while at the courthouse because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Bundy and several others were protesting the mask requirement. (AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)

The pandemic delayed weddings, concerts and plenty of other life events. But for many, it also delayed justice. Idaho Matters learns about courtroom backlogs in our region from Mountain West News Bureau reporter Madelyn Beck.

You can find more Mountain West News Bureau reporting here.

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!