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Raul Labrador says momentum building for bipartisan sentencing reform

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador says momentum is building in Congress for major criminal justice reforms, aimed at reversing decades of focus on long prison terms, even for non-violent and …


Eye on Boise: First candidate forum for Supreme Court race takes place Tuesday

The first candidate forum for the four rivals facing off to be Idaho’s next Supreme Court justice initially was announced as a face-off between just three of the four, but …


Idaho man remembers life before Disabilities Act

BOISE – Kelly Buckland remembers what it was like to live as a person with a disability in Idaho long before the Americans with Disabilities Act passed. A lifelong Idahoan …


Ex-clerk in Athol sentenced to prison for stealing $418,000 from city

Athol’s former city clerk will serve four years in prison for embezzling nearly $418,000 from the small North Idaho city’s budget over five years. Sally R. Hansen, who served as …


Idaho officials were warned about Capitol makeover shortcomings

BOISE – When Kelly Buckland and Bobbie Ball rolled their wheelchairs into a meeting with state public works officials several years ago, bringing a list of specific changes needed in …


Corrections Corporation of America cleared in Idaho prison scandal

BOISE – Federal prosecutors on Wednesday declined to file criminal charges of fraud or public corruption in connection with Idaho’s controversial private prison contract with Corrections Corporation of America. The …


Women shut out of Idaho judge selection

BOISE – It seems that women need not apply to the federal district court bench in Idaho. A secretive selection process that Idaho’s two senators have launched to find a …


Ninth Circuit Court considers Duncan’s competency in death penalty appeal

Convicted murderer Joseph Duncan made it very clear he didn’t want to appeal his triple death sentence, U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of …


Boise man faces terrorism charges

BOISE – A 30-year-old Boise man from Uzbekistan was arrested Thursday on federal terrorism charges and indicted by a grand jury for possession of a destructive device and providing material …


Duncan’s competence at sentencing to be reconsidered

Condemned serial killer Joseph E. Duncan is getting another day in court. Duncan, on death row for the torture and slaying of a North Idaho boy he abducted in 2005 …


Eye on Boise: Libraries in Idaho adding pep to the Net

BOISE – Although Idaho achieved the dubious distinction last week of being declared the state with the slowest Internet by the New York Times – some Idahoans apparently are having …


Grizzly shooter pays $1,000; misdemeanor dropped

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has dropped a misdemeanor charge against a Porthill, Idaho, man who shot and killed a grizzly bear in his yard. Instead, Jeremy M. Hill was issued …


Federal officials giving tribal police more authority

BOISE – Law enforcement is being hampered in Indian Country by what federal authorities describe as jurisdictional gaps. So they’re working with three Idaho tribes, including the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, …


CdA drug trafficker’s seized assets help police

Former Coeur d’Alene gold and coin dealer Robert Leon Mertens is serving a 37-year term in federal prison for drug trafficking, firearms violations and money laundering - he’s been behind …


Idaho U.S. attorney a fighter

POCATELLO, Idaho – Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson began her fight for equality at age 9. Growing up in Pocatello, Olson wanted to play baseball and figured she was just …