Idaho Sup Court reinstates ACLU challenge to Idaho’s lousy public defense system

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The Spokesman-Review 

The Idaho Supreme Court today reinstated the ACLU lawsuit challenging Idaho’s public defense system as unconstitutional, reversing in large part a lower court decision that dismissed it on procedural grounds. In a unanimous decision authored by Chief Justice Roger Burdick, the high court overturned the Ada County District Court ruling that dismissed the case on grounds of standing, ripeness and separation of powers, and agreed with the lower court only on dismissing Gov. Butch Otter as a defendant, on grounds he didn’t cause the injuries cited in the lawsuit.

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