Parental Rights Case To Be Argued in Boise Federal Court Today


A panel of three judges, representing the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, is in Boise today—the first hearing of its kind in Boise since 2003—to hear arguments in a case of an infant who was given a spinal tap and steroids over her mother's objections. The case pits the parents of the child against the City of Boise and St. Luke's Regional Medical Center. Arguments are set to be heard at the U.S. Courthouse.

In 2002, Corissa Mueller rushed her then-5-week-old daughter to St. Luke's as the child ran a fever. When the mother refused to authorize treatment, the hospital reportedly called Boise Police, who placed the child into custody so that the hospital could begin treatment. According to the mother's complaint, she was kept from her child for more than two hours.

In 2010, a jury ruled against the parents in their lawsuit against St. Luke's and the City of Boise. In fact, the court ordered the couple to pay the city's and hospital's attorney fees.

The Muellers appealed to the 9th Circuit, which will begin its hearing this morning at 10 a.m.