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Thu., April 24, 2014, 1:15 p.m.

Idaho: Can’t Be Sued In Traffic Stop

The Idaho State Police can’t be sued for detaining and fruitlessly searching a motorist with Colorado plates for marijuana in a case of alleged “license-plate profiling,” the state of Idaho argues, because it’s protected by the state’s sovereign immunity. In the state’s initial response to a lawsuit filed by 69-year-old Darien Roseen, Idaho is asking that the ISP and Trooper Justin Klitch be dismissed as defendants in the lawsuit, at least as far as Klitch is accused of acting in his official capacity as a state trooper. The 11th Amendment grants states sovereign immunity from being sued for money damages/Betsy Russell, SR. More here. (ISP video photo: Idaho state trooper questions Darien Roseen in January of 2013)

Question: Do we have the makings of a border war here?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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