Idaho Supreme Court - Criminal Decisions 2020

Idaho v. Nava  
Date: June 11, 2020
Docket Number: 47439

Justia Opinion Summary: Quentin Nava appealed after he was convicted on one count of lewd and lascivious conduct and one count of sex abuse. The charges arose from an approximately two-day period in July 2016 when Nava was staying in the home o...

Idaho v. Rodriguez  
Date: June 10, 2020
Docket Number: 46333

Justia Opinion Summary: John Rodriguez sold a firearm to an individual who had visible gang tattoos and had previously identified himself as a member of the Norteno gang, but who was actually an informant paid by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,...

Idaho v. Dix  
Date: June 10, 2020
Docket Number: 47112

Justia Opinion Summary: Over a period of several months, William Dix bought several thousand dollars’ worth of goods from Grainger Supply on credit. On the same days he bought the goods, he pawned them. Dix was charged with grand theft and burg...

Idaho v. Haggard  
Date: June 10, 2020
Docket Number: 47577

Justia Opinion Summary: Clinton Haggard appealed a district court’s decision to affirm a magistrate court’s judgment of conviction. After a trial, the magistrate court found Haggard guilty of misdemeanor domestic battery in violation of Idaho C...

Idaho v. Chambers  
Date: June 5, 2020
Docket Number: 47309

Justia Opinion Summary: Steven Chambers appealed his conviction entered upon his "Alford" plea to battery with intent to commit a serious felony. Chambers was initially charged with forcible rape against a young woman. Pursuant to I.R.E. 412, C...

Idaho v. Barr  
Date: May 14, 2020
Docket Number: 46094

Justia Opinion Summary: Britain Lee Barr pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual exploitation of a child and to being a repeat sex offender. The district court sentenced Barr to five, fifteen-year fixed sentences, to run consecutively to each o...

Idaho v. Glodowski  
Date: May 6, 2020
Docket Number: 47131

Justia Opinion Summary: David Glodowski appealed after he was convicted for failing to update his sex-offender registration in violation of Idaho Code section 18-8309. He argued the district court erred by ruling that his prior conviction under...

Idaho v. Jones  
Date: May 4, 2020
Docket Number: 45905

Justia Opinion Summary: Timothy Jones was convicted by jury of trafficking heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. On appeal, he argued the trial court erred in admitting certain evidence regarding his probation status, a knife found in th...

Idaho v. Blythe  
Date: May 4, 2020
Docket Number: 46992

Justia Opinion Summary: Nicholas Blythe appealed after he was convicted of possessing a controlled substance. He conditionally pled guilty, reserving the right to challenge his sentence. On appeal, he argued the district court erred in denying...

Idaho v. Hess  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 47437

Justia Opinion Summary: Richard Hess appealed an order of restitution entered against him following his guilty plea to trafficking heroin. Hess relied on the Idaho Supreme Court’s decision in Idaho v. Nelson, 390 P.3d 418 (2017), to argue that...

Idaho v. Garcia  
Date: April 28, 2020
Docket Number: 46253

Justia Opinion Summary: Jesus Manuel Garcia was found guilty by jury of second-degree murder, aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon during the commission of the former crimes, and possession of a controlled substance. The district court se...

Idaho v. Burke  
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: 46841

Justia Opinion Summary: Prior to sentencing, defendant James Burke was committed to the state mental hospital for 56 days to restore him to competency. After being evaluated and deemed competent to proceed to trial, Burke was returned to the co...

Idaho v. Lodge  
Date: April 14, 2020
Docket Number: 46378

Justia Opinion Summary: Riley Lodge appealed a no contact order entered against him as a result of his being convicted of two counts of sexual battery of a minor child sixteen or seventeen years of age. After Lodge pleaded guilty to these two c...

Idaho v. Ish  
Date: April 13, 2020
Docket Number: 45345

Justia Opinion Summary: Martin Edmo Ish appealed his conviction and sentence for one count of voluntary manslaughter. The State charged Ish with second-degree murder in November 2015 for the June 2009 killing of Eugene Lorne Red Elk in Pocatell...

Idaho v. Hayes  
Date: March 20, 2020
Docket Number: 47324

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Hayes was convicted by jury of felony battery on a correctional officer. Hayes appealed his judgment of conviction on three grounds: (1) the district court erred by failing to issue subpoenas for two medical prof...

Idaho v. Hooley  
Date: March 9, 2020
Docket Number: 47436

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas Hooley appealed a district court’s decision to dismiss his pro se filing entitled “Motion For New Trial Based on Evidence withheld in violation of Brady with attached exhibits in support of motion.” In July 2014,...

Idaho v. Christensen  
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: 46371

Justia Opinion Summary: Dave Christensen was indicted by a grand jury on five counts of lewd conduct with two minors under sixteen. The State notified Christensen of its intent to introduce interviews of the two alleged victims at trial under I...

Marsalis v. Idaho
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: 46494
Fitzpatrick v. Kent
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: 46797
Ward v. State
Date: February 18, 2020
Docket Number: 46265
Marsalis v. Idaho  
Date: February 18, 2020
Docket Number: 47438

Justia Opinion Summary: Jeffrey Marsalis appealed a district court’s decision summarily dismissing his petition for post-conviction relief from his 2009 rape conviction. Marsalis alleged that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to: (1...

Idaho v. Roth  
Date: February 13, 2020
Docket Number: 46377

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, a district court granted Aaron Roth a temporary furlough while he was in jail for a probation violation. Under the furlough order, Roth was released from custody. Roth failed to return. In 2017, six years after...

Idaho v. Pool  
Date: February 7, 2020
Docket Number: 45569

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed a district court decision to grant defendant David Pool’s motion to suppress the results of a warrantless blood draw on the grounds that it was an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment to the...

Idaho v. Dobbs  
Date: February 4, 2020
Docket Number: 46335

Justia Opinion Summary: Shane Lee Dobbs appealed his conviction and the resulting sentence imposed after he pled guilty of lewd conduct with a minor under sixteen. On appeal, Dobbs contended the district court abused its discretion in fashionin...

Savage v. Idaho  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: 46266

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal stems from a criminal defense attorney’s failure to adequately advise his client about the client’s constitutional rights against self-incrimination during a related civil deposition. Melvin Savage was convic...

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