Law & Justice

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A federal judge has found a new Idaho law that blocks transgender people from changing the sex on their birth certificate violates one of her previous rulings from two years ago blocking such policies.

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North Idaho business owners are suing public health officials over a mandatory mask order in Kootenai County passed last month.

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After years of court battles, Adree Edmo, the first transgender inmate in the country to get sex reassignment surgery through a court order, has been transferred to a women’s prison in Pocatello.






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The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked an Idaho ballot initiative campaign from collecting online signatures for the foreseeable future, putting the group’s entire effort in jeopardy.

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As the country continues to grapple with racial injustice and questions about white supremacy in 2020, we’re taking a critical look at Idaho’s racist past. We think it’s important to examine our roots so we can better understand how we got here today and what steps we can take to be a more inclusive and equitable place for everyone. 

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Arguments against two new Idaho laws that roll back transgender rights were heard in federal court Wednesday, as LGBTQ groups tried to block their enforcement.

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As calls to defund the police continue in Boise and other cities across the country, a new chief of police is leading the department in Idaho's capital city. Chief Ryan Lee began his role July 1 after years working for the Portland Police Deparment. 


Mayor Lauren McLean said in a press release that “malicious forces” plan to incite violence Tuesday night during a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Boise. The new chief of police said his department is ready to protect protesters and their First Amendment rights. 



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Since we last had Dele Ogunrinola on Idaho Matters, his op-ed about being Black in Boise and America has been published by the Idaho Statesman. But that’s not all he’s been up to. 

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The City of Ketchum became the latest community to mandate face masks in public, with a 3-1 vote Monday night. Moscow, Hailey, Driggs, McCall and Boise made the move last week.

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For the first time since 1996, the Supreme Court of the United States is issuing decisions in July. The coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of oral arguments in ten cases. 

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(This interview is the first of a two-part show about policing in Idaho. You can find the second half — on defunding the police — here.)

After the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May, people around the country been asking tough questions about policing in America  including in Idaho. 

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(This interview is the second of a two-part show about policing in Idaho. You can find the first half — on the history of policing and the laws that protect officers — here.)


Amid the protests against the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black people by police in the the past months and years, activists quickly formulated one central demand: Defund the police. 

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Have you heard of “the Boise 7?”


In honor of Pride month, Idaho Matters takes a look back at some forgotten (or unknown) parts of LGBTQ history in Idaho. 

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It’s been nearly three decades since Lisa Howser first came forward with allegations of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest at Gonzaga University in Spokane. 


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In May, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by the State of Idaho, the latest turn in a potentially precedent-setting case that could change the medical treatment some transgender inmates receive. Now the plaintiff, named Adree Edmo, is set to undergo gender confirmation surgery in July. if that happens, she’ll make history. 

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Idaho’s governor and secretary of state are asking a federal judge to reconsider his decision after he ruled they had violated the constitutional rights of a ballot initiative campaign.

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A federal judge has ruled Idaho must either allow a ballot initiative campaign to collect signatures electronically, or include the initiative on the general election ballot in November.

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As the movement for racial justice presses on in Idaho and across the country, we’re hearing from people of color in the Mountain West who feel like this moment is long overdue. 

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Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court made two historic decisions: First, they ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. Then, the court blocked the Trump administration’s plan to dismantle an Obama-era program that has protected 700,000 “DREAMers” from deportation.

Conor Mullen


Protests against racism and police brutality are not new to the U.S. or to our region. However, large, sustained turnout, especially in small, mostly-white towns, is something we’ve not seen before. For many of those protestors, it’s been their first time demonstrating—ever.