Idaho Supreme Court - Criminal Decisions 2023

Idaho v. Ingraham  
Date: May 2, 2023
Docket Number: 48522

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Stacy Ingraham appealed her convictions and sentences for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, destruction of evidence, and grand theft by possession of…

Associated Press, et al. v. Second Judicial District, et al.  
Date: April 24, 2023
Docket Number: 50482

Justia Opinion Summary: A coalition of media companies petitioned the Idaho Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus or a writ of prohibition to vacate a nondissemination order issued by the magistrate court in the pending criminal action of State…

Idaho v. Roberts  
Date: April 20, 2023
Docket Number: 49039

Justia Opinion Summary: When asked about recent negative behavior, defendant-appellant Jason Roberts’ fifteen-year-old son informed his mother that she would understand if she saw the signs that Roberts “was sexually hurting” him. A Children at…

Idaho v. Jane Doe (2021-38)  
Date: April 19, 2023
Docket Number: 49095

Justia Opinion Summary: Jane Doe appealed a district court’s decision to uphold the magistrate court’s judgment that Doe committed a battery—placing Doe within the purview of the Juvenile Corrections Act. Doe argued the magistrate court erred…

Idaho v. Pool  
Date: March 24, 2023
Docket Number: 49210

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Camille Pool pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI in 2020. In May 2020, approximately two months following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Pool was sentenced at a hearing conducted over Zoom which she…

Hooley v. Idaho  
Date: March 23, 2023
Docket Number: 48846

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas Hooley appealed a district court’s summary dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief. In 2014, Hooley was convicted of aiding and abetting aggravated battery and kidnapping in the first degree. Hooley…

Hall v. State  
Date: March 22, 2023
Docket Number: 47871

Justia Opinion Summary: Erick Hall appealed the district court’s dismissal of his successive petition for post-conviction relief regarding his death sentence, which he received for the murder of Lynn Henneman in September 2000. Hall contended…

Idaho v. Plata Iniguez  
Date: March 21, 2023
Docket Number: 48920

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers from the Boise Police Department arrested Eduardo Plata Iniguez (“Plata”) outside his home for misdemeanor driving under the influence (“DUI”) without a warrant, and without witnessing the commission of the…

Idaho v. Ogden  
Date: March 21, 2023
Docket Number: 49958

Justia Opinion Summary: Darin Ogden appealed his conviction for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. During a consensual encounter, officers searched Ogden’s vehicle outside of a business and arrested Ogden for felony…

Idaho v. Dorff  
Date: March 20, 2023
Docket Number: 48119

Justia Opinion Summary: Kirby Dorff appealed the denial of his motion to suppress evidence obtained after a police drug-sniffing dog jumped onto the exterior surface of his vehicle. Dorff argued the dog’s contact with his vehicle was a…

Idaho v. Leavitt  
Date: March 10, 2023
Docket Number: 49980

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Travis Leavitt was convicted for statutory rape of a 17-year-old girl. He was 34 years old at the time of the incident. After the trial had begun, the State disclosed new evidence regarding…

Idaho v. Maahs  
Date: March 7, 2023
Docket Number: 49270

Justia Opinion Summary: In April 2018, a teller working at CapEd Credit Union called the Boise Police Department to report a suspicious situation: a man came into the credit union, made a large cash deposit, exited the building, and then…

Idaho v. Singh  
Date: March 1, 2023
Docket Number: 49122

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Diwakar Singh was convicted for felony domestic violence. Prior to Singh’s trial, the State identified an error in the preliminary hearing transcript. The district court, citing its inherent authority…

Hernandez v. Idaho  
Date: February 13, 2023
Docket Number: 49161

Justia Opinion Summary: Jonathan Hernandez pled guilty to second-degree murder. He petitioned for post-conviction relief, arguing his trial counsel was ineffective for promising Hernandez he would not receive a sentence of more than ten to…

Rodriquez v. Idaho  
Date: February 10, 2023
Docket Number: 49703

Justia Opinion Summary: Jorge Rodriquez was convicted of domestic battery with traumatic injury in the presence of a child. His first trial ended with a hung jury. In the second trial, the jury found Rodriquez guilty of the charge. The district…

Idaho v. Marsh  
Date: February 8, 2023
Docket Number: 48758

Justia Opinion Summary: Wayne Marsh was detained by police after an informant reported witnessing an attempted burglary and described him to dispatch as one of the two suspects. During the investigatory detention that ensued, police discovered…

Idaho v. Cuenca  
Date: February 8, 2023
Docket Number: 49037

Justia Opinion Summary: Prior to voir dire in George Cuenca’s trial for aggravated battery, taking place in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the district court ordered that everyone in the courtroom would wear masks, including witnesses.…

Idaho v. Roman-Lopez  
Date: February 8, 2023
Docket Number: 49565

Justia Opinion Summary: Gilberto Roman-Lopez was convicted by jury on two counts of sexual abuse of a child and three counts of lewd conduct with a minor. Roman-Lopez argued the Idaho Supreme Court should vacate his judgment and remand for a…

Idaho v. Greer  
Date: February 1, 2023
Docket Number: 49840

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2021, Paul Greer pleaded guilty to felony domestic battery and was sentenced to a prison term of not less than two and not more than seven years. He appealed, arguing the district court abused its discretion when it:…

Stark v. Idaho  
Date: January 30, 2023
Docket Number: 49886

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-appellant Robert Stark appealed the dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief. Stark alleged his trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance for failing to file a motion to suppress the contents of…

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