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Local News 3/7/24

Attorneys representing the man accused of murdering four University of Idaho Students are asking the Idaho Supreme Court to step in on a recent decision by the district court judge overseeing the case.  According to newly released court documents, Byran Kohberger's defense is appealing Latah County District Court Judge John Judge's decision not to toss Kohberger's grand jury indictment.   Koberger's attorneys argue the indictment should be thrown out due to inaccurate grand jury instructions.

The Idaho legislature gave a universal green light in both chambers to move a house bill to the Governor's desk in an effort to curb "home equity theft.  Home equity theft occurs when a county government repossesses a property with outstanding property tax debts. After selling the property, the government keeps the entire sale value even if the sale is greater than the tax debt owed.

A former congressional candidate was identified by Las Vegas police as the murder suspect in the death of Christopher Tapp.  Las Vegas Police said an arrest warrant for 45 year old Daniel Rodimer, was filed yesterday. He is being charged with open murder.  Police found Tapp injured from what they believed was an accident turned out to be blunt force trama. He later died.  Tapp spent 20 years in prison, and in 2017, he was released from prison after it was ruled he was wrongfully convicted in the murder of Angie Dodge.

A bill that would place restrictions on who could apply for an absentee ballot in Idaho was sent out for possible amendments Wednesday after members of the public and several state and county elections officials came out against the bill.  Under the bill, a voter would only be able to request an absentee ballot if they were unable to vote in-person on Election Day.  Currently, Idaho voters can request an absentee ballot for any reason.

The Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee adopted a revenue projection.  JFAC members, who set the state budget, voted 17-0 to set their revenue target for the fiscal year 2025 at $5.9 billion.

A bill that would let Idaho law enforcement officials temporarily detain people who are a danger to themselves or others because of neurological conditions, like Alzheimer’s, widely passed the Idaho Senate.  The bill would allow for 24-hour holds for neurological patients in crisis that health care providers can halt at any time.  

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