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Senate Passes Domestic Violence Bill with New Key Protections

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Wednesday to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, but the bill's transformation into law is by no means certain. A bill aimed at preventing domestic violence might sound reasonably uncontroversial, but House Republicans have voiced their opposition to some of the provisions, including one that would allow American Indian authorities to prosecute non-American Indians in tribal courts.
The original 1994 act expired in 2011 and a divided Congress failed to reauthorize it last year. Republicans, reeling from a poor performance with women and minorities during the November election, have been more receptive this time around. The bill would grant more than $650 million over five years to states and local governments to provide things like transitional housing and legal assistance to victims.

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Senator Risch Defends his Position on Domestic Violence Legislation

LEWISTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch of Idaho has taken some heat recently for being one of the eight to vote against considering the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Upon his recent visit to Lewiston, the senator spoke about his reasoning behind the controversial decision. Senator Jim Risch of Idaho, is one of eight Republican Senators who voted last week not to continue the consideration of the bill and has been criticized by some for his stance on the issue. But Risch said it's not so much about the bill itself but more about the rights of the States. "To have federal police coming in and arresting people and taking people into federal court and charging them with what is a local crime, I have real difficulties with," said Risch. If passed by the Senate, then subsequently the House of Representatives, the law would protect victims of domestic violence at the federal level. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said cases of domestic violence have gone down by 53% since it originally passed nearly two decades ago. Despite how some have interpreted Risch's initial vote, the Senator from Idaho said he's vehemently against violence of any kind against women and he's got a track record to back it up. "Violence against women is a despicable crime and I'm one of the few people serving in Congress who've actually put people in prison for violence against women at the start of my career as a prosecuting attorney," said Risch."This is a matter for the states," said Risch. "And as far as I'm concerned the states can't get tough enough on violence against women."


Read full article - http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/Senator-Risch-defends-his-position-on-domestic-violence-legislation-190856521.html

One Billion Rising: Statehouse Demonstration to 'End Sexual and Domestic Violence'

BOISE - Hundreds gathered on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol Thursday afternoon to celebrate V-Day-an event aimed at ending violence against girls and women. Organized on Valentine's Day in conjunction with One Billion Rising, Kelly Miller, executive director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, said events like V-Day help raise awareness. "It helps mobilize our community," said Miller. "I think it helps any girl or woman subjected to rape or domestic abuse to see that they have a community that supports them." According to organizers, one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during their lifetime, but today's event showed the young women in the audience there is "a future without violence." Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., Miller said organizations like hers are working to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act. Though the Senate approved the bill this week, with Idaho GOP Sen. Jim Risch voting against the measure and Sen. Mike Crapo voting "yes," the House has yet to move the bill forward. "Now, Reps. Simpson and Labrador need to vote 'yes' in the house," she said.


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Caldwell Man Critical After Being Shot by Wife


CALDWELL - Paige Ann Ireland, 41, was arrested on a charge of felony aggravated battery Sunday after she admitted to shooting Samuel "Buford" Ireland, 34, during a domestic dispute, police said. Ireland told authorities that she was using the weapon as a tactic so she could leave the house. Buford Ireland, 34, went through surgery at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, investigators said. Paige Ireland told investigators that she and her husband were arguing Sunday afternoon and that she decided to leave the house. She said she was packing some of her belongings, but her husband kept yelling at her, so she grabbed her hunting rifle."She admitted that it was a mistake and a bad idea, but wanted his yelling to stop so she could leave," Canyon County Detective Don Davenport wrote in a probable cause affidavit. "She thought only to scare him into leaving her alone."

Paige Ireland told investigators that she believed there were no live rounds in the rifle. Buford yelled at her to shoot him, so she pointed the gun at him and squeezed the trigger, hoping to scare him with the "trigger click sound," according to the court record.

Instead, the rifle fired and a .308-caliber round hit the man in the lower right ribs.

According to the affidavit, Paige Ireland tried to help her husband, called 911 and cooperated with investigators.



Details Emerge in Nampa Slaying


Nicole Lee Kirtley, 34, invoked her right to remain silent when interviewed by a detective, but a short time later told an inmate that she had killed someone and didn't feel bad about it, according to court documents released Monday. Kirtley is charged with second-degree murder and grand theft, accused of shooting George Richardson Jr. on Thursday at his rural Nampa home and then stealing Richardson's Jeep. She is being held in the Canyon County jail on $5 million bond. According to a probable cause affidavit, Richardson left a Nampa bar with a woman about 1 a.m. Thursday, and witnesses picked Kirtley out of a photo lineup. A surveillance video showed Kirtley taking Richardson's keys out of his hand and driving Richardson away from the bar in his Jeep, investigators said. The affidavit includes information that may end up as part of Kirtley's defense: When Kirtley was at the sheriff's office for questioning, she struck up a conversation with a male inmate and told him that "she had been questioned about committing a homicide and she in fact did it, and she wasn't going to be raped again. Furthermore, she did not feel bad about killing the person," Canyon County sheriff's Detective Christina Garrison said in the affidavit.
Caldwell Man Gets 12 Years for Sex Abuse


CALDWELL - A 24-year-old Caldwell man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for having inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Michael Garoutte was sentenced Thursday in 3rd District Court for sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16. Garoutte must serve at least two years before he's eligible for parole. Authorities say that in October 2012 police responded to Liberty Park in Nampa and found Garoutte with the girl in a truck. Police also discovered Garoutte was a registered sex offender in Oregon and was wanted for failing to register.



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