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Idaho v. Charlson  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 42201

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Kirk Charlson appealed after he was convicted for felony driving under the influence. Before the trial, Charlson filed a motion to suppress the results of an evidentiary blood draw that was conducted...

Idaho v. Lankford  
Date: July 25, 2016
Docket Number: 35617

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Mark Lankford on two counts of felony murder for the 1983 murders of Robert and Cheryl Bravance, for which he received the death penalty. The United States Supreme Court overturned the sentence after it...

Idaho v. Jimenez  
Date: July 22, 2016
Docket Number: 43938

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, 44-year-old defendant Marcos Jimenez was at his girlfriend’s apartment after she had gone to work leaving him to care for her 17-year-old daughter, who had the mental capacity of a 10-year-old and a learning dis...

Idaho v. Van Komen, Jr.  
Date: July 22, 2016
Docket Number: 43939

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, defendant William Dee Van Komen, Jr. was sentenced to five years in the custody of the Idaho Board of Correction, with the first two years fixed and the remaining three years indeterminate, for possession of mar...

Idaho v. Jones  
Date: June 28, 2016
Docket Number: 42664

Justia Opinion Summary: Kentsler Jones appealed his conviction for driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI), and felony excessive alcohol concentration. On appeal, Jones argued that the district court erred when it excluded evidence r...

Idaho v. Huffaker  
Date: June 23, 2016
Docket Number: 43643

Justia Opinion Summary: On July 12, 2014, around 5:00 A.M., Ben Savage appeared at the Custer County Sheriff’s Office and reported that defendant-respondent Jon Huffaker had pointed a loaded rifle and threatened to kill him. At approximately 6:...

Idaho v. Taylor  
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: 42774

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Lance Taylor appealed a district court order denying him credit for time served as a condition of probation. Specifically, the credit he sought was for periods of incarceration during his drug court p...

Idaho v. Leary  
Date: June 1, 2016
Docket Number: 43097

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Daniel Leary appealed a district court’s order revoking probation and imposing his sentence. He argued the district court erred in calculating his credit for time served. He contended that the 2015 am...

Shackelford v. Idaho  
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 42182

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Dale Shackelford was sentenced to death after being convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and other crimes. He appealed and sought post-conviction relief, and his death sentence was set aside. At resen...

Idaho v. Villafuerte  
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 42766

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, defendant Dakota Lee Villafuerte was placed on probation for the felony crime of battery with the intent to commit lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under sixteen years of age. The conviction for that cri...

Idaho v. Svelmoe  
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 43181

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Troy Svelmoe was convicted by jury of felony driving under the influence (DUI). Svelmoe was pulled over in Post Falls for vehicle equipment violations. The officer suspected that Svelmoe was driving under the...

Idaho v. Umphenour  
Date: May 4, 2016
Docket Number: 43286

Justia Opinion Summary: An information was filed charging Gerald Umphenour with possession of methamphetamine, a felony, and with resisting and obstructing an officer and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors...

Idaho v. Rios  
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: 43017

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Kyle Rios was involved in a car accident in Lewiston. After the accident, Rios was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital by Officer Williams. At the hospital, Rios declined to sign a consent form for a blood...

Idaho v. Pratt  
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: 43383

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Brian Pratt was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of trafficking in methamphetamine, all of which were felonies. He absconded after the first day of trial and was found...

Crawford v. Idaho  
Date: April 6, 2016
Docket Numbers: 43141, 43141

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner-appellant Shane Crawford petitioned for post-conviction relief after he was convicted for lewd conduct with a minor under the age of sixteen. Petitioner claimed he received ineffective assistance of counsel at...

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