Idaho Supreme Court considers detention sex abuse lawsuit

Save Story
Leer en español

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court will decide soon if several adults who say they were sexually abused as kids at a juvenile detention center should have filed a tort claim against the state agency before they sued.

The high court heard arguments in the case late Wednesday morning, weighing the state's tort claim law against a newer law that dramatically extends the amount of time survivors of childhood sex abuse have to sue their abusers.

Eric Rossman, the attorney representing the survivors, told the justices that applying the 180-day notice period created under the Idaho Tort Claim Act would gut Idaho's Child Abuse Act, rendering it useless for some victims.

But Micheal Elia, representing the juvenile corrections department, said all statutes — from wrongful death to malpractice — require people to follow the rules of the tort claim act if they want to sue a government entity, and sex abuse claims shouldn't be treated differently.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent Idaho stories

Related topics

Rebecca Boone


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast