US Supreme Court sides with man who sent female musician barrage of unwanted messages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out the stalking conviction of a Colorado man who claimed that thousands of unwanted Facebook messages he sent to a female musician were protected speech under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

The 7-2 decision vacated a lower court’s ruling that Billy Counterman’s messages to Denver singer-songwriter Coles Whalen were excluded from First Amendment protections for freedom of speech.

Twin Falls County Prosecutor awards two full-time scholarships to CSI

In the past, Twin Falls County Prosecuting Attorney Grant Loebs has awarded a single full-tuition scholarship to a Twin Falls County senior as part of his annual Drug-Free Scholarship program, with the runner-up receiving a semester scholarship.

However, the panel of judges couldn’t pick one over the other, so Loebs awarded the grand prize to both, for the first time ever.

Idaho Falls man convicted of firing weapon at law enforcement

An east Idaho man was convicted Thursday for firing a weapon at a Chubbuck police officer in February 2021.

Boise man gets life in prison for fatal beating at Ann Morrison Park

BOISE, Idaho — A 29-year-old who beat another man to death inside Boise’s Ann Morrison Park in 2019 was sentenced Monday to life in prison.

President Biden nominates Joshua Hurwit as Idaho’s top federal prosecutor

The White House announced that President Joe Biden nominated Joshua D. Hurwit to serve as Idaho’s top federal prosecutor.

A rural prosecutor pledged reform. Critics say he delivered disaster.

ALAMOSA, Colo. — Alonzo Payne was an unlikely candidate in rural southern Colorado, where potatoes and cattle are pillars of the economy and politics lean red.

Nampa gang member sentenced in 2021 stabbing

CALDWELL, Idaho — A member of the Sureno gang was sentenced last week to prison for stabbing and seriously injuring another man.

Charges will not be filed in Jefferson County homicide, prosecutor says

RIGBY — Charges will not be filed in the case of a son who shot his father in their Jefferson County home last year.

Idaho Falls police officer ‘very relieved’ after judge dismisses case against him

IDAHO FALLS — Day two of a trial for an Idaho Falls police officer accused of shooting and killing a man last year took an unexpected turn.

After a 90 minute delay, the jury entered the courtroom. District Judge Darren Simpson convened the proceedings by announcing the case against Elias Cerdas is dismissed on the condition that Cerdas complete 100 hours of firearm, use of force and supervised patrol training in the next year.

Trial set to begin for officer accused of killing man in backyard shooting

IDAHO FALLS — A trial is set to begin for an Idaho Falls Police officer accused of shooting and killing a man last year.

Elias Aurelio Cerdas is charged with felony involuntary manslaughter after he allegedly shot Joseph “Joe” Johnson in Johnson’s backyard during a February 2021 manhunt.