Articles Posted in Idaho Supreme Court - Criminal

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Defendant John Schulz appealed his conviction of felony domestic battery and the attempted strangulation of his fifteen-year-old daughter. Both charges required the state to prove that the daughter was Defendant's "household member" as defined by the applicable statute. The district court granted Defendant's motion to dismiss based on the fact that she did not fall within that definition. Because the Supreme Court found that the definition of "household member" plainly limited the application to "intimate partners" and thus, did not extend to a child living with her father, the Court affirmed.