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Eye On Boise ag gag archive

THURSDAY, JAN. 4, 2018

9th Circuit rules Idaho's 'ag-gag' law illegally targeted free speech, investigative journalism

A federal appeals court panel says Idaho's ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violates free speech rights. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that sections of the law illegally targeted free speech and investigative journalism. However, the panel also ruled the law correctly criminalized those who made false...

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FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017

Idaho asks appeals court to uphold ban on spying at farms 

Idaho is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate a statewide ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses after a lower court judge sided with animal rights activists who said the ban violated free speech rights. Idaho lawmakers passed the law in 2014 making it a criminal offense to enter agricultural facilities by misrepresentation...

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MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

Idaho's anti-dairy spying lawsuit attracts supporters

A dozen groups representing food safety supporters, free speech advocates and labor unions are helping fight the Idaho law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities. The Idaho Statesman reports that the groups have filed friend-of-the-court briefs with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals detailing their opposition...

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016

FRIDAY, DEC. 11, 2015

Idaho appeals 'ag-gag' ruling to 9th Circuit 

The state of Idaho has filed an appeal to the 9th Circuit of the U.S. District Court decision overturning the state’s “ag-gag law,” the law passed by the state Legislature making it a crime to surreptitiously videotape agricultural operations. Idaho lawmakers approved the law in...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 9, 2015

Catching up on the news... 

Idaho had plenty of news last week while I was gone, topped by the long-sought creation of three new wilderness areas protecting the Boulder-White Clouds mountains, a precedent-setting federal court ruling that the 2014 Idaho law criminalizing surreptitious videotaping of ag operations was unconstitutional and...

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MONDAY, AUG. 3, 2015

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015

'Ag gag' law: Constitutional rights or 'motherhood and apple pie'? 

When Idaho lawmakers passed the state’s “ag gag” law in 2014, criminalizing surreptitious videotaping of agricultural operations, they said they were targeting “agri-terrorism” and “extremists” who target “our farm families,” particularly by publishing damaging videos online. Now those statements are at issue in federal court,...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2015



Dairymen's bid to join Idaho ag-gag lawsuit denied

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by the Idaho Dairymen's Association to join Idaho in defending the recently passed law criminalizing surreptitious recording at agriculture facilities. The Times-News reports ( that U.S....

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