Idaho high court says defamation can be implied
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court says individuals have the right to sue if they think someone implied — but didn't outright say — something defamatory.
Idaho Supreme Court rules Medicaid expansion is legal
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a voter-approved initiative expanding Medicaid in Idaho is legal.
A majority of the five-member panel rejected arguments by the Idaho Freedom Foundation and its board chairman, Brent Regan, that the measure was unconstitutional because it delegated authority to the federal government and the state Department of Health and Welfare.
Idaho Supreme Court hears Medicaid expansion arguments
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit from a conservative group challenging the constitutionality of a voter-approved initiative to expand Medicaid.
The Idaho Freedom Foundation told justices that the initiative that passed in November with more than 60 percent of the vote is unconstitutional because it delegates authority to the federal government and the state Department of Health and Welfare.
State calls suit challenging Medicaid expansion meritless
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho attorney general's office calls a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a voter-passed Medicaid expansion initiative meritless.
Idaho Supreme Court to hear Medicaid expansion arguments
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court says it will hear oral arguments for a conservative group's lawsuit to overturn the voter-approved expansion of Medicaid coverage to potentially more than 60,000 low-income adults across the state.
The court on Monday set Jan. 29 as the day it will hear arguments in the lawsuit filed last month by the Idaho Freedom Foundation.
E. Idaho district court judge named to Idaho Supreme Court
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has appointed an eastern Idaho judge to the Idaho Supreme Court.
Otter on Friday picked 7th District Court Judge Gregory Moeller of Rexburg to fill a vacancy on the court left by the retirement of Justice Joel Horton.
Moeller has been a district court judge since 2009. He was a finalist for a seat on the Idaho Supreme Court in 2017 and earlier this year.
Idaho group asks Supreme Court to block Medicaid Expansion
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A conservative group is asking the Idaho Supreme Court to overturn the voter-approved expansion of Medicaid coverage to potentially more than 60,000 low-income adults across the state.
Idaho high court considers ‘defamation by inference’ lawsuit
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court heard arguments Friday in a case that could determine whether individuals have the right to sue if they think someone implied — but didn't outright say — something defamatory.
Idaho governor appoints John Judge as district judge
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter has appointed a magistrate from Moscow, Idaho to the Second Judicial District judgeship.
Otter on Wednesday appointed John C. Judge to the position left vacant by the recent appointment of Judge John Stegner to the Idaho Supreme Court.
New trial rejected for Idaho man convicted of killing wife
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling rejecting a request for a new trial by a man convicted of killing his estranged wife and covering up her murder.
The court in a ruling made public Friday agreed with a lower court decision that new evidence offered by Charles Capone even if allowed would not have led to an acquittal.
Idaho Supreme Court Justice Warren Jones dies
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Warren E. Jones has died. He was 75.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced Jones's death on Tuesday. Otter's office did not release details surrounding when or how Jones died.
"I always found him to be fair and balanced in his judicial temperament as well collegial and impartial in his role on the state's highest court," Otter said in a statement.
City sewer fee case goes to Idaho’s highest court
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Cities across Idaho are closely watching a lawsuit that seeks refunds of millions of dollars in sewer connection fees paid to the city of Hayden by everyone who built a new home there.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court on Thursday threw out the conviction of a man serving a life sentence for orchestrating the killings of two people he suspected of stealing 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) of marijuana from him.
A hearing will now be held by a lower court to determine whether prosecutors properly used evidence in the case against Anthony Robins Jr., the Idaho Statesman reported.
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — For the first time in state history more women have applied for the Idaho Supreme Court than men.
Idaho among lowest in US for number of women judges
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Idaho ranks nearly last in the nation when it comes to the percentage of women judges on the state's courts.
But nearly last is a slight improvement: In 2012, Idaho had the lowest percentage in the nation at just 12 percent.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A class-action lawsuit was filed in federal court, urging Idaho school districts to stop charging students fees.
The lawsuit, filed by former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robert Huntley, names every school district in Idaho as defendants, and it lists every K-12 student in Idaho, plus their parents or guardians, as plaintiffs whose rights have been violated, the Coeur d'Alene Press reported.
Idaho Supreme Court justice to retire at end of year
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Supreme Court Justice Joel D. Horton will retire at the end of this year.
The court in a statement Friday says Horton's retirement will be effective on Dec. 31.
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter appointed Horton to the court in 2007. Horton retained the seat in statewide contests in 2008 and 2014.
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LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's highest court has been called upon to look over motions to dismiss a man's murder charge for the alleged beating death of a Texas couple.
The Lewiston Tribune reports Mark Lankford has twice been convicted of killing Robert and Cheryl Bravence of El Paso, Texas, in 1983 and dumping their bodies in Idaho County.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court will postpone arguments surrounding a key water battle to allow parties on both sides of the case to discuss a possible settlement.
Justices agreed on Friday to reset the parties' arguments sometime after July. The court had been slated to the arguments this week, but had received a request on Thursday to hold off.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has been asked to postpone arguments surrounding a lengthy water battle after parties on both sides of the case say they are close to a settlement.
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, the Idaho Department of Water Resources and the multiple water users involved in the lawsuit filed the motion to reschedule the oral arguments on Thursday. The court had been slated to listen to the arguments next week.
Idaho judge under investigation announces retirement
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho judge under investigation for the past eight months has since announced he will retire next month.
The Idaho Statesman reports that 3rd District Magistrate Judge F. Randall Kline submitted his notice of retirement to the Idaho Supreme Court on Friday. His retirement will be effective on July 1.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has appointed 2nd District Judge John Stegner of Moscow to the Idaho Supreme Court.
Otter's office announced Tuesday that Stegner will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Warren Jones. There has been an open seat on the state's highest court for more than five months.
Stegner was also a finalist for the Idaho Supreme Court last year when then-Justice Daniel Eismann announced his retirement.
Idaho Supreme Court rules on slip-and-fall lawsuit
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that a lower court must once again review a slip-and-fall lawsuit against Walmart.
The Idaho Statesman reports Diane Brooks sued the retail giant for negligence in November 2014 after slipping and falling in a puddle of water. The accident occurred near a Rug Doctor kiosk inside a Walmart in Boise roughly 16 months before.
Idaho Supreme Court rejects appeal from death row inmate
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a man condemned to death row twice for two separate murders.
RELEASE FROM: Jon Hanian
(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of Twin Falls attorney Ben Cluff to the Fifth Judicial District judgeship left vacant by Justice Richard Bevan’s recent elevation to the Idaho Supreme Court.
Twin Falls lawyer appointed to district judge seat
TWIN FALLS — A local lawyer has been chosen to fill one vacant Fifth Judicial District judgeship.
Ben Cluff of Twin Falls will take the place of now-Idaho Supreme Court Justice Richard Bevan, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced Monday, ending a three-month long application process to fill the seat.
“I’m certainly excited,” Cluff said in a Times-News interview. “I’m anxious to get started.”
Idaho Supreme Court upholds man’s life in prison sentence
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder he committed in his teens.
KIDK-TV reports Torey Michael Adamcik had sought post-conviction relief in the district court on several claims including ineffective assistance of counsel. Adamcik also claimed his sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.
Court: Simplot Foundation must pay taxes on Boise facility
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that the J.R. Simplot Foundation was not eligible for a tax exemption while constructing its "urban meeting place" in downtown Boise in the 2015 tax year.
In its Thursday decision, the state's highest court decided the structure did not qualify for a charitable tax exemption because it was under construction and not being used exclusively for charitable purposes.
Idaho Supreme Court upholds lake encroachment decision
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court upheld a lower court's decision, ordering a man to remove obstructions he placed on a lakeshore to protect his waterfront property in northwest Idaho.
POCATELLO, Idaho — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed Rick Carnaroli to be David Nye’s successor on the 6th Judicial District Court.
Carnaroli was appointed as a magistrate judge in October 2004. Before that, he was in private practice with the Pocatello law firm Service Gasser & Kerl for nine years and worked as a Pocatello city attorney for almost 10 years.
New precedent set for upholding Idaho tribal court decisions
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A recent Idaho Supreme Court decision sets a precedent for ensuring tribal court judgments are upheld throughout the state, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe said this week.
The state's highest court ruled Friday that tribal court decisions must be recognized in other Idaho courts.
Idaho court ruling has lawmakers bracing for 2018 session
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho Supreme Court ruling has the state's top legislative leaders scrambling to prepare for how to close out the 2018 session months before it kicks off in January.
Idaho Supreme Court Justice Jones to retire
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Supreme Court Justice Warren E. Jones has announced he will retire from the bench at the end of year.
Warren announced Friday he is retiring before the end of his elected term — which expires in January 2021 — due to personal and family health circumstances.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter appointed Jones to the state's highest court in 2007.
Jones said in a prepared statement that serving as a Supreme Court justice has been a professional highlight of his legal career.
POCATELLO — Four candidates for Seat 6 on the Pocatello City Council battled for advantage last week during a forum.
The candidates — Richard Cheatum, Sanju Choudhury, Steven Conway and Elton Zundel — all seek to fill the seat left open after longtime councilman Gary Moore chose to retire.
The four were among eight candidates for various council seats at the forum presented in City Hall by the League of Women Voters of Pocatello.
Eye on Boise: Silak, Trout and Brody talk women on Idaho’s highest court
In more than 150 years, just three women have served on the Idaho Supreme Court, and the three have some interesting insights into why that is, and what could change it.
Current Justice Robyn Brody, former Chief Justice Linda Copple Trout, and former Justice Cathy Silak spoke on a panel Thursday sponsored by the Idaho Legal History Society. Trout noted that when she first started practicing law in Idaho in the 1970s, there were few women lawyers, let alone judges.
Idaho court ruling could force Pocatello to refund millions
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The city of Pocatello could be forced to pay back millions of dollars in excess fees following a recent Idaho Supreme Court ruling.
According to the unanimous opinion, justices ruled that Pocatello's sewer and water fees were not set at reasonable rates to help cover the costs of providing government services. Instead, the court found that the city had illegally spiked the fees to help boost the general fund.
Idaho Supreme Court ruling could cost Pocatello millions of dollars
In what looms as a possible devastating financial blow, the city of Pocatello could be on the hook for nearly $30 million following a state Supreme Court ruling this week, according to an attorney involved in the case.
Otter appoints new justice to Idaho Supreme Court
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has appointed Twin Falls judge Richard Bevan to the state's highest court.
Otter announced Tuesday that Bevan — currently the 5th Judicial District's administrative judge — will replace retiring Idaho Supreme Court Justice Daniel Eismann. Bevan was among four other finalists vying for the open seat.
Jim Jones, former Idaho Chief Justice to speak to Pocatello Rotary
POCATELLO — Jim Jones, former Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court, will be the guest speaker at this week's Pocatello Rotary Club meeting. The luncheon meeting will be held at noon, Thursday, Aug. 24 at the Pocatello Clarion Inn, 1399 Bench Road.
Jones has entitled his remarks "The Historic Swan Falls Water Fight" and will address the history and creation of Idaho water law.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's recent back injuries have prompted him to delay interviews of possible candidates for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court, the governor's spokesman said.
Justice Daniel Eismann announced earlier this year he will retire from the state's highest court at the end of August. The Idaho Judicial Council has since sent the governor's office four candidates to consider as Eismann's replacement, but Otter has not yet been able to make a selection.
Idaho Supreme Court upholds grocery tax veto
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's contentious veto of legislation repealing the state's 6 percent sales tax on groceries.
The high court's decision comes after 30 state lawmakers filed a lawsuit claiming Otter took too long to veto the grocery tax repeal because he waited longer than 10 days as outlined in the Idaho Constitution.
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors plan to retry a man previously convicted of murder in the 1983 beating deaths of a Texas couple, after the Idaho Supreme Court ruled he is entitled to a new trial.
Mark Lankford and his younger brother, Bryan Lankford, were convicted in 1984 of killing 27-year-old U.S. Marine Capt. Robert Bravence and his 25-year-old wife, Cheryl Bravence, of El Paso, Texas.
Federal court names new Idaho clerk
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Supreme Court Clerk Stephen Kenyon has been named the new clerk of courts for the U.S. District Court of Idaho.
District Judge B. Lynn Winmill and Bankruptcy Judge Terry L. Myers made the announcement Thursday. Kenyon will start the job Monday.
Kenyon, a Boise resident, has served as the clerk of the Idaho Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals since 2005.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Proponents of lawsuit claiming Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter took too long to veto a contentious grocery tax repeal bill argue the Idaho Supreme Court should look at the plain language in the state Constitution.
Idaho city ordered to pay gun club’s attorney fees
HAUSER, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho city has been ordered to pay a gun club attorney fees after it lost a code violation lawsuit.
The Idaho Supreme Court ruled Hauser Lake Rod and Gun Club is owed attorney fees dating back to 2012, which is when Hauser officials accused the club of violating a code on property the city did not have jurisdiction in, the Coeur d'Alene Press reported (http://bit.ly/2rvqwIp ) Thursday.
Idaho Supreme Court to hear veto challenge arguments
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Proponents of a lawsuit challenging Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's veto of a contentious grocery tax repeal bill will present arguments in front of the Idaho Supreme Court on Thursday.
State GOP Reps. Ron Nate and Bryan Zollinger, both from eastern Idaho, spearheaded a lawsuit in April arguing that the Idaho Constitution says a governor has 10 days to veto a bill immediately after the Legislature adjourns.
BOISE - Longtime Deputy Idaho Attorney General Clive Strong, chief of the attorney general’s natural resources division for the past 32 years, is retiring on Friday.
Strong, who served under four attorneys general and six governors, was the state’s lead attorney in the biggest legal case in Idaho history, the Snake River Water Rights Adjudication, and has argued numerous cases before the Idaho Supreme Court and two before the U.S. Supreme Court.
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho lawyer's license to practice law has been suspended for a year after he pleaded guilty to evidence tampering in a 2014 drug case in Alaska.
The Idaho Supreme Court found Jeremy Featherston had violated the bar's rules of professional conduct by committing a criminal act that reflects poorly on a lawyer, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported (http://bit.ly/2rUwEH3 ).
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has denied custody and visitation rights to a gay woman who raised a child with her former partner, reflecting state laws that have not been updated since same-sex marriage became legal in 2014.
The couple raised the child together after splitting up in 2012. But their relationship deteriorated two years ago, and the child's biological mother barred her former partner from contacting the child, who is now 7.