Idaho v. DellingAnnotate this Case
Defendant John Joseph Delling appealed his conviction based on his conditional pleas of guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. Defendant was initially charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of David Boss and Brad Morse. These counts were later amended to second-degree murder. Shortly after being charged, Defendant's counsel motioned for a mental health evaluation to determine whether Defendant was fit to proceed and able to aid in his own defense. Defendant requested that the Supreme Court reconsider and overrule its decision in "State v. Searcy" (798 P.2d 914 (1990)), to find that Idaho's abolition of the insanity defense was unconstitutional. Defendant also asserted that the district court abused its discretion and imposed excessive sentences. Upon careful review of the applicable legal authority and the arguments presented in Defendant's appellate brief, the Supreme Court concluded Defendant had not provided any argument that showed the precedential cases to be wrongly decided, unwise, or unjust. By looking at each argument individually, none of Defendant's constitutional rights were infringed by the abolition of the insanity defense. Furthermore, the Court also found that the sentence imposed by the district court was reasonable and not an abuse of discretion.