Law & Justice


An environmental group is launching a campaign to defend the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which has been a target for President Trump. The court hears some of the most important environmental and other cases in our region.

Utah’s Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s request for the Trump administration to rollback restrictions on 4 million acres of national forest land in his state has environmentalists raising flags that it could spur a wave of states in the region to follow suit.

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A proposal at the statehouse that would have banned municipalities from instituting their own local bans on using cell phones while driving failed to get traction. The legislation’s defeat sets the stage for Pocatello’s prohibition on handheld devices going into effect.

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Harvard Business School professor David A. Moss will discuss the origins of the U.S. Constitution on Thursday at the capitol. Moss joins Idaho Matters to talk about James Madison, the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and their correlations to events today.

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As the legal wrangling over a 7,000-pound load of a green, leafy substance seized by Idaho State Police continues, the company behind the cargo says new proceedings vindicate it.

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Court reporters are in short supply in Idaho and the dwindling numbers are causing backlogs in the courts. Appeals have been made to the legislature. We talk with the state's court administrative director and the Idaho Court Reporters Association about the role of the court reporter and what this shortage could mean for the state's justice sysytem.

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A nearly 7,000-pound load of a green, leafy substance the Idaho State Police intercepted last month at a checkpoint near Boise is staying put in the Gem State. That’s despite a court filing by the company claiming the plants are industrial hemp.

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Four teenagers are accused of raping an 18-year-old in Kuna earlier this month. Judge Robert Comstock has set bail at $250,000 for the three Boise men. A juvenile boy is also accused of the same crime.

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Child health advocates are again attempting to pass legislation that would remove religious exemptions from children's healthcare. Protect Idaho Kids founder Bruce Wingate and Immanuel Lutheran Church Pastor Gretchen Bingea join Idaho Matters to talk about religion, children's healthcare and the Idaho Legislature.

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The Boise Police Department is out with a report offering residents of the City of Trees a snapshot of the agency.

Calls for service are up, but crime is down and response times have improved. The 2018 Report to Citizens from Boise PD outlines trends like those and details where the department is focusing its efforts.

Idaho allows children under 16 to marry with a parental waiver and many fear this could cause the state to become a destination for human trafficking. State Representative Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) would like to see an end to marriages to girls under 18.

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The FBI continues to investigate mysterious letters sent to Senator Jim Risch’s offices throughout Idaho.

Until the 1970s, babies born with developmental disabilities were often placed in institutions. A movement started to remove these people from institutions and acclimate them into sustainable communities. The documentary Blessings of Liberty was commissioned by the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities to tell the story of this movement.

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The Idaho Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s recent voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

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A judge has ruled that the Idaho Department of Correction must release parts of records related to its stock of execution drugs.