Aaron von Ehlinger trial day 3

Former Idaho State Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger testifies on his own behalf during day three of his rape trial at the Ada County Courthouse, Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Former lawmaker Aaron von Ehlinger, who was convicted of rape, has requested a new trial, court documents say, on the basis of insufficient evidence, writes Idaho Press reporter Alexandra Duggan. He has also asked to be released on his own recognizance pending further proceedings in the matter.

Von Ehlinger was convicted April 29 of raping a 19-year-old Statehouse intern, after a 12-person jury unanimously found him guilty on a felony count of rape, and not guilty on a felony count of forcible penetration with a foreign object.

Von Ehlinger and his attorney Jon Cox are seeking an acquittal, or a new trial. “The defendant anticipates the motion will assert the evidences as insufficient to sustain a conviction, that there was error with respect to questions of law on both statutory and constitutional grounds that arose during the course of the trial, and that the verdict was contrary to the law or evidence,” the motion says.

You can read Duggan's full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's Idaho Press; it's on the front page.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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