This is not good for women and domestic violence victims.
Women will die because of this decision.
I hope it’s appealed.
An Idaho Supreme Court opinion negated decades of common practice and now requires officers to witness a misdemeanor in order to arrest a suspect.
In a case where a northern Idaho man was arrested for allegedly touching a woman’s backside without her consent, he won an appeal, claiming he was arrested without a warrant and it violated his right to warrantless search and seizure. The Supreme Court vacated the man’s conviction Wednesday and enacted statewide change in a pen stroke.
The man, Peter Clarke, was arrested after the woman reported the incident to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, which relied on her witness statements to make an arrest.