Article written by: Mario Miguel

The Idaho Supreme Court will hear arguments for three cases stemming from the local area at BYU-Idaho on Wednesday.

On June 14, the Idaho Supreme Court will use the Special Events Room in the Hyrum Manwaring Student Center as a courtroom to hear appeal cases from Bingham County, Bonneville County and Rigby — all part of the Seventh Judicial District.

As required by the state constitution, the state supreme court travels to communities outside Boise each year to hear cases, typically ones that originated from those areas.

8:50 a.m.: State v. Monroe  #49255

Audrey Monroe filed an appeal for her felony conviction on the grounds that the court erred in not granting her request to include certain jury instructions. 

A Bingham County jury found Monroe guilty of battery on a police officer or sheriff after she refused to give up her phone, resisted and kicked during an arrest. She was sentenced to five years in prison.

She was also found guilty on lesser misdemeanor charges of battery upon a police officer by touching and resisting or obstructing. For those charges, the defendant requested two specific jury instructions which the court denied. She argues the court “committed reversible error.”

10:00 a.m.: Farms, LLC v. Isom  #49633

Both the plaintiff and defendants in this case appealed the district court’s decision on the grounds that the applied statute of limitations was determined incorrectly.

Ralph and Paula Isom transferred ownership of their home in Bonneville County to Farms, LLC in lieu of foreclosure. Farms, LLC later filed a complaint against them for breach of contract for failure to pay rent.

The court awarded the plaintiff over a million dollars related to its purchase of claims from third-party creditors in the Isoms’ bankruptcy. The court ruled, however, that the statute of limitations bars Farms from claims related to the rent and also bars the Isoms from staying on the property as holdover tenants.

11:10 a.m.: Yellowstone Log Homes v. City of Rigby  #49562

Both parties in this case are appealing the court’s decision regarding a lawsuit brought by Yellowstone Log Homes against Rigby for negligence.

After a construction company inadvertently caused extensive damage to one of Yellowstone’s properties by digging through a service lateral for the sewer line, the plaintiff sued the city for negligence, arguing that it should have marked the location of the service lateral.

The Court ruled in favor of the city but denied the attorney fees. 

After the hearings, the justices will hold a Q&A with students around 12:15 p.m.

Justice Gregory Moeller, a former Communication Department faculty member at BYU-I, will speak at 4 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Building on Tuesday, the day before the court sessions.