Law & Justice

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Last June, two bail bondsmen were arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer in Caldwell. This case raised several issues, about bail agents, and what they can, or can't, do. Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue joins Idaho Matters to help clarify the issue.

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The Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Grant will help the Idaho State Police expand sexual assault response training and increase evidence collection capabilities. On Friday's Idaho Matters, we speak with state representative Melissa Wintrow about the legislation behind the efforts.

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Nurses across Idaho will soon have a chance for more training when it comes to collecting evidence from victims of sexual assault.

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Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has charged a former state treasurer Republican candidate with seven felony counts of misuse of public money by a public officer.

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In October of 2017, Ada County was awarded a grant from the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge.

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Federal officials say 13 people affiliated with two well-known gangs have been indicted. The suspects face a host of charges.


Last Wednesday, President Trump issued pardons to Dwight Hammond, Jr. and his son Steven. The pair had been found guilty of arson of federal property after their protest against the federal government over grazing rights.


The Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise closed 45 years ago, and as hard as they tried to keep people in, these days they can't keep people out. Amber Bierle of the Idaho State Historical Society talks about the history of the "Old Pen" and some of the upcoming events.

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The regional branch of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Idaho are suing the state of Idaho over a new law that requires medicals providers to report complications resulting from abortion procedures.