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Attorneys ask for temporary stop to new Idaho abortion reporting law

For roughly an hour Monday, attorneys in Boise’s U.S. District Court argued for and against a preliminary injunction blocking a new Idaho law requiring doctors to report extensive personal information to the state about women who have had past abortions.

Judge tosses evidence of 55 lbs of pot due to ISP’s unlawful detention of motorist

An Idaho judge has thrown out evidence against a man accused of having loads of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports he evidence against 56-year-old Huu V. Tran had been thrown out this week because police "unlawfully prolonged the detention of the defendant to ask for consent to search the vehicle...

License plate profiling lawsuit dropped

BOISE – A discrimination case against the Idaho State Police for targeting a driver for a marijuana search because his license plates were from Colorado has been dismissed at the request of both sides. That means the court won’t weigh in on license-plate profiling in this case. But a legal expert said Darien Roseen’s lawsuit, the release of the state trooper’s dash-cam video under the Idaho Public Records Law, and the subsequent national attention it drew helped shine a light on the practice and may cause law enforcement agencies to stick to “more traditional probable cause or observed infraction findings.”

Spokane man alleges license-plate profiling in Idaho

A 58-year-old Spokane man said Thursday that he also was pulled over by the Idaho State Police and accused of carrying marijuana in his car, simply because he has Washington license plates and drives with his windows down. Paul Dungan’s account of license-plate profiling, in which he claims he was detained by the ISP on Interstate 84, is similar to that of a Colorado man who has sued the agency after being stopped, detained and searched at the same rest area where I-84 crosses into Idaho from Oregon en route to Boise because of his license plates. The Idaho State Police released video of that traffic stop this week.

Man with Colorado plates accuses ISP of profiling

BOISE – A federal lawsuit against the Idaho State Police charges that officers profiled and detained a 69-year-old former Weyerhaeuser executive simply because he had Colorado license plates on his truck. ISP officers insisted the man, a Washington resident who has homes in both Washington and Colorado, must be carrying marijuana. Extensive searches of his vehicle found nothing illegal, however.

Director discusses St. Vincent’s clearinghouse for social services

In July 2009, St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho opened a one-stop shop for social services needed by poor and homeless people. The H.E.L.P. Center – Helping Empower Local People – houses 21 agencies on a staggered schedule in the city of Coeur d’Alene’s old library building at 201 E. Harrison Ave. Since it opened, the number of people served monthly jumped from 534 to 1,281 in March, said Jeff Conroy, St. Vincent’s executive director. Conroy chatted with The Spokesman-Review about the center’s impact. Q.Explain to me how it works. What happens when I walk in the door?