Law & Justice

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A senior U.S. military commander is endorsing the decision to spare Army Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl prison time for abandoning his post in Afghanistan, endangering military comrades who participated in the lengthy search for him.

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An investigation into an April fire at a Sun Valley ski lodge has come back inconclusive.

The Warm Springs Lodge – part of the Sun Valley Resort – caught fire on Wednesday, April 18. The blaze was especially hard to put out as flames burned in a space between the roof and the ceiling meant to prevent ice dams.


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Four Idaho women filed suit in federal court against the state's attorney general, secretary of state and director of Health and Welfare. At issue is a law that invalidates a woman's living will should she become pregnant.

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A recent study by the Ada County Highway District found instances of speeding around the Treasure Valley to be on the rise. The agency is launching on a new initiative to get people to slow down.

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Rachel Dolezal, who has made news in Idaho and Washington for claiming to be black, has been charged with welfare fraud.

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The Nez Perce tribe is the latest indigenous government to sue drug makers over the opioid crisis gripping the nation.

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Judge John Stegner of Moscow will be the next Idaho Supreme Court Justice. 

Governor Butch Otter appointed his former campaign manager to the open seat vacated by retiring Justice Warren Jones.

"Judge Stegner’s record alone speaks volumes about his commitment to the law, his community and our state," Otter said in a statement. "He understands and has the professional acumen and civic virtue to address the underlying issues impacting Idaho’s courts."

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Guardian ad Litem workers serve as special advocates for kids entering foster care across Idaho. The work is rewarding, but the hours are long, the caseloads are high, and in some regions, the volunteers are few.

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Nearly 60% of Boise's homeless population have outstanding arrest warrants, usually from petty misdemeanors like public drinking or sleeping in the park. These warrants are easily remedied, though they create substantial roadblocks for homeless Idahoans looking to lift themselves up.

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Homeowners who were forced to evacuate their Boise Foothills houses two years ago after a landslide will split more than a quarter of a million dollars after settling a lawsuit with the city.

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One of the Treasure Valley’s largest health care providers, Saint Alphonsus, sued a private prison contractor in a federal court this week. The medical group says it’s owed millions for procedures on inmates.

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After nearly two years, homeowners have settled out of court with the city of Boise after part of a subdivision in the foothills was damaged by a landslide.

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Two Montana men had their murder convictions overturned thanks to the work of Boise State University Professor Greg Hampikian. He’s the director of the Idaho Innocence Project and has analyzed the DNA in several high profile crime cases, including the Amanda Knox case in Italy.

In 1994, Fred Lawrence and Paul Jenkins were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Donna Meagher in Montana. Twenty-three years later, their sentences have been vacated, and DNA evidence points to another man, already in prison.

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A wrongful death lawsuit in Payette County didn’t last long. A mistrial was declared on the first day of proceedings in the case involving a sheriff’s deputy.


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