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Recent Decisions From the Idaho Supreme Court - Criminal

Idaho v. Farfan-Galvan  
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: 44360

Justia Opinion Summary: Edgar Farfan-Galvan appealed his conviction for felony driving under the influence (“DUI”). Farfan-Galvan moved to dismiss or remand the charge, based upon his claim that one of the prior DUI convictions upon which the S...

Idaho v. Hill  
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: 44011

Justia Opinion Summary: Jonathan Hill was convicted for felony driving under the influence (DUI). He raised one issue on appeal. Over an unsuccessful hearsay objection, the deputy sheriff who conducted field sobriety tests (FSTs) of Hill was pe...

Takhsilov v. Idaho  
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: 44099

Justia Opinion Summary: Alik Takhsilov appealed the district court’s summary dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief, arguing that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to request a competency evaluation prior to his entry...

Idaho v. Linze  
Date: November 10, 2016
Docket Number: 43960

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant John Linze, Jr. appealed after he was convicted for conviction of possession of methamphetamine. On appeal, he argued the district court erred by refusing to suppress evidence obtained by police duri...

Idaho v. Sepulveda  
Date: November 3, 2016
Docket Numbers: 42758, 42759

Justia Opinion Summary: Cesar Sepulveda appealed after a jury found him guilty of felony intimidating a witness, misdemeanor domestic battery, injury to a child, and two counts of attempted violation of a no contact order. Sepulveda contended t...

Idaho v. Baeza  
Date: November 2, 2016
Docket Number: 42988

Justia Opinion Summary: Marcelino Baeza appealed his conviction for one count of lewd conduct with a minor child under the age of sixteen involving his five-year-old niece, J.C. Baeza argued that allowing J.C. to testify at trial through closed...

Cosio-Nava v. Idaho  
Date: November 2, 2016
Docket Number: 43389

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Miguel Cosio-Nava pled guilty in 2014 to the felony offense of domestic battery with traumatic injury, in violation of Idaho Code sections 18-903 and 18-918(2). Cosio was a Mexican citizen who had been in the U...

Idaho v. Ostler  
Date: November 2, 2016
Docket Number: 43915

Justia Opinion Summary: Scott Ostler was convicted of three counts of lewd conduct with a minor child under sixteen, and one count of sexual abuse of a child under the age of sixteen. This appeal related only to a single count of lewd conduct:...

Idaho v. Hall  
Date: November 1, 2016
Docket Number: 43874

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Kandi Hall (“Kandi”) was looking for work, having been fired from her previous job as a paralegal. Emmett Corrigan (“Emmett”) was waiting to learn the results of the bar exam he had taken and wanted to hire a pa...

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:...

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