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Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — A criminal charge against an Idaho State Police trooper accused of illegally killing a moose out of season is expected to be filed in the next couple of weeks, according to a special prosecutor handling the matter.

It still remains unclear what offense Cpl. Jeff Jayne will be charged with and whether it will be prosecuted at the felony or misdemeanor level, however.

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson declined to divulge those particulars until the case is filed in 1st District Court.

“There will be a detailed affidavit summarizing the evidence from the investigation and all that is coming together right now,” said Thompson.

The allegations against the trooper surfaced in late September, after Jayne reportedly took a bull’s head and cape to a taxidermist to be mounted. Jayne conceded in a statement to The Daily Bee that he made a mistake by incorrectly recalling the hunting season dates. He also acknowledged the judicial and public scrutiny he was in for.

“I have worked very hard to achieve accountability both in my personal and professional life. This situation is no different,” the statement read in part.

The case has had a polarizing effect in the community.

Some contend Jayne is a dedicated law officer who made an honest mistake, while others view him as an overzealous trooper who should lose his job.

The case remains the subject of spirited debate in online forums and restaurants.

Thompson has also heard from those with passionate feelings on the matter during the nearly five months that have elapsed since allegations came to light.

“Frankly, one of things that has slowed this down is the various competing interests outside of Mr. Jayne and his attorney who want to express their sometimes very strongly held feelings on both sides of the issue,” he said.

Thompson said his office has worked to stay distanced from the debate and “handle the case decisions without regard to who the person is or the community pressure.”

Thompson was appointed to prosecute the case because Jayne’s patrol beat covers Bonner County and the prosecutor’s office here did not want there to be any appearance of a conflict of interest.

Although the charge will be filed in Bonner County, Thompson will seek to have the matter heard outside the 1st District because its judges also work closely with Jayne.

“They’re either going to be viewed as too lenient or too harsh, depending on who’s looking at it. It’s kind of a no-win situation for them,” said Thompson.

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  • libertarian posted at 1:29 pm on Tue, Feb 8, 2011.

    libertarian Posts: 222

    Has anyone EVER heard of ANYONE ever getting to plead guilty to a simple misdemeanor for shooting a trophy moose? I honestly would like to know. If so, I bet it was a cop, a lawyer, or a judge that time too.

    AND, has anyone heard the talk? I guess plenty of people feel like maybe they want to poach a moose too, so long as its only a misdemeanor if they get caught...

  • rollingthunder posted at 9:02 pm on Mon, Feb 7, 2011.

    rollingthunder Posts: 38

    Take a look at the Spokane news sites, Jayne is being charged with a misdemeanor.

  • MaryTormey posted at 8:28 pm on Mon, Feb 7, 2011.

    MaryTormey Posts: 404

    Here is a link to see Jayne's privileged version of justice.,+Jeffrey+Richard

    It looks like Sarah Jayne has 6 Cases Sealed By Court Rule or Judicial Order, an idea what that is about?

  • BGorton posted at 8:35 am on Mon, Feb 7, 2011.

    BGorton Posts: 32

    Charges aren't looming they are filed, however they are sealed by judicial order. . .bummer. Kind of weird that his wife was offered the same deal when she beat up Trooper Jayne, otherwise known as domestic violence.

  • lbaek1 posted at 9:30 am on Sun, Feb 6, 2011.

    lbaek1 Posts: 6

    Jayne, Your a lier & a theif. I remember the time you were parked across the road in the trees - Then when I drove off there you were to stop me & said I crossed the center line. I always knew your were a lying piece of "PIG" Now your stealing a moose without paying for it in thre proper maner. Yes I paid for your lying.

  • MaryTormey posted at 5:49 pm on Sat, Feb 5, 2011.

    MaryTormey Posts: 404

    Still 500lbs of tasty moose meat, is not worth as much as a persons civil rights. Judges are not stupid they see the same police officers lie and violate civil rights over and over, they should take an active role in protecting our civil rights and enforcing the law. The first few times they get caught they should have to clean up the dog pins at the animal shelter and if they willfully continue to violate the law they should be removed from the police force, with out any one having to file a lawsuit over it.

  • libertarian posted at 9:00 am on Sat, Feb 5, 2011.

    libertarian Posts: 222

    Mary, a moose becomes localized to its feeding/bedding areas according to the time of year. Therefore, it's easier to predict its location. When you get your once-in-a-lifetime tag, you spend your summer scoping out where they are, and planning where you are going to be the first morning of your season. Because of the different tag dates, with different odds of getting a tag, the moose would have been shot by someone else before Jayne's first day. That other person applied for a harder tag to get, and beat the odds, only to have his prize moose taken illegally by Jayne. And I'd say a moose provides about 500 lbs of organic and very tasty meat, let alone the value of the trophy.

  • Ranger44 posted at 4:17 pm on Fri, Feb 4, 2011.

    Ranger44 Posts: 13

    I think the fact that the special prosecutor has taken 5 months only add's to the validity of the charges being filed. Having done their homework and leaving no stone unturned will add weight to the prosecutors case. I dont know Mr.Jayne and have never worked with him, but I must admit I hear far more bad things than good. My personal belief is that Mr.Jayne has $hit in his own messkit and is suffering the consequences. In law enforcement, one must have the communitie's support and trust to do their job effectively. I'm not sure he ever figured that one out!!! Whatever the case; Jeff Jayne is seeing first hand that the community has teeth too and lays in wait for people like that to screw up....... No Doubt that taxidermist knew Mr.Jaynes reputation!!!!

  • ECC posted at 2:04 pm on Fri, Feb 4, 2011.

    ECC Posts: 85

    Sandpoint Worker...I personally know a retired ISP officer who will testify to the fact that he's seen Jeff Jayne lie on the witness stand. We've seen him do the same and my comments can be backed up by dash cam videos and his testimony in court.

    He is not only a menace to society...but a serious threat to the good folks who live here as well. I would advise everyone here to use extreme caution when dealing with this trooper. He is not somebody that can be trusted.

  • ECC posted at 1:56 pm on Fri, Feb 4, 2011.

    ECC Posts: 85

    Lake Viewer...we are looking into doing exactly what you are talking about. Jeff Jayne and the folks who helped sweep his antics under the rug definitely need some Federal Scrutiny. We initially filed a tort claim, but you know how that goes...the State immediately dismisses the claim, wondering if you'll fork out the 20 grand to pursue it further. All avenues and options are open to us at present. If Justice is served here, I'll be satisfied.

  • ECC posted at 1:50 pm on Fri, Feb 4, 2011.

    ECC Posts: 85

    LocalYocal....the difference between Trooper Young's case and Jackboot Jayne's case is the fact that Jeffery committed a felony...not a mere misdemeanor. The difference between elk and moose is HUGE.

  • ECC posted at 1:47 pm on Fri, Feb 4, 2011.

    ECC Posts: 85

    I wonder if Jeffery will be displaying his Trophy Bull Moose at the two Gun and Horn shows coming up (Bonners Ferry and Sanpoint).?.? [wink]

    I'd like to remind the Latah County Prosecutor that this was in fact a Trophy Bull Moose, reported by a Taxidermist b/c it was going to be mounted. It would have been a nice Trophy...but turned out to be a Felony.

    The good folks of Idaho are looking forward to seeing Justice served in this matter...and seeing the matter laid to rest permanently.

  • Sandpoint Worker posted at 8:37 am on Fri, Feb 4, 2011.

    Sandpoint Worker Posts: 100

    LocalYokel said: "If we let Jayne go on his bogus claim of "incorrectly recalling the hunting season dates", what does that say about his credibility when he is testifying under oath in the court room? If he will lie about his own misdeeds, surely he will lie on the witness stand."

    That's probably the most thought out, right on the money post on the Bee's Jayne articles in some time.

  • MaryTormey posted at 8:20 am on Fri, Feb 4, 2011.

    MaryTormey Posts: 404

    @Aaron C
    I have a feeling that when you got pulled over by Jayne, you where going more then 1 mile over the speed limit.
    Your father wanted you to get a ticket because you where going fast enough for it concern him as a parent.

    In your case no one was harmed, but in Jayne's case a moose was killed and the once in a lifetime chance to kill a moose was stolen. If we allow that sort of thing to happen then we deprive the hunters who follow the rules of the same opportunity.

    Honestly the hunting case is not really what bothers me ,he paid for his tag and he only got the moose 4 days before he should. I am bothered by his reputation for violating the constitution. Didn't he take an Otho to uphold the constitution?

    I would like to see him charged on his constitutional violations.

  • LakeViewer posted at 6:36 am on Fri, Feb 4, 2011.

    LakeViewer Posts: 940

    If the man shot a game animal out of season he should be, and likely will be, charged and face the justice system.

    If the man is trampling on peoples federal civil rights in the pursuit of his job, then he should face the justice system for that as well, along with his employer, in the federal courts. A coordinated complaint needs to be filed with the FBI by those whose rights may have be violated. Civil rights violations are a serious matter for an individual and/or his employer whose actions enable a continuing pattern of abuse.

    Those of us who allow such things to continue are as guilty as the perpetrators Use the system. Protect your federal civil rights.

  • libertarian posted at 6:06 am on Fri, Feb 4, 2011.

    libertarian Posts: 222

    Jayne does not deserve to go to prison for being "overzealous". He deserves to go to prison because he committed one felony and a few misdemeanor's trying to cover up the felony. He deserves to go to prison as much as any other felony offender does.

    If the powers that be do not want to send one of their own to jail for hunting, then the law should be changed and no one should have to go to jail for hunting. Laws have to apply to everyone equally.

    AaronC there you go again: "the courts have not backed it up. They said that he acted within the rights of his job. "

    Every time Jayne has lost a suppression motion, he violated someone's rights and abused his authority as a police officer. The reason people don't sue him is that ;you also have to prove that his employer knew about and encouraged his behavior.

  • Offender posted at 12:21 am on Fri, Feb 4, 2011.

    Offender Posts: 34

    Local Y That's interesting about Chris, But if you know many hunters it is not uncommon for one family member to tag anothers kill. I'm not exaclty saying that it's right but it is not uncommon. I could see Chris getting off a little light and in his case noone would nhave probably said a word if he had not been bragging. I do agree with you this looks like it might be sweeped under the rug. This would be the same as selling drugs in my book, or robbing a bank. It's a crime and needs to be punished. No law breaker should be allowed to represent or enforce the law.

  • LocalYocal posted at 10:39 pm on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    LocalYocal Posts: 2

    I personally have never had an incident with officer Jayne, but I have heard of his bully attitude long before this incident came to light. For those of you that haven't been around here along as I have, this case reminds me of a much similar case that took place several years ago. It involved trooper Chris Yount. He shot an elk years ago and punched his wife's elk tag and put it on the bagged animal. Like I said, he shot the elk...not his wife. His bragging got him in trouble and he eventually had to face charges. Little was said about it in the media and it was for the most part "swept under the rug". I don't recall his exact penalty, but he basically got a slap on the wrist. This case (Jayne's) smells a lot like that case. The prosecutor and the court dragged it out, hoping the public would forget. In either case, crimes were committed. Pay the piper! Both should have been put on unpaid leave from work. No two ways about it, this is a cut and dried clear cut crime. If we let Jayne go on his bogus claim of "incorrectly recalling the hunting season dates", what does that say about his credibility when he is testifying under oath in the court room? If he will lie about his own misdeeds, surely he will lie on the witness stand. Let's get rid of this joker!

  • Aaron C posted at 10:14 pm on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    Aaron C Posts: 341

    To ski2work: I was only going off the information that Blue himself shared in the last conversation. My point is that for everyone claiming overzealous officer the courts have not backed it up. They said that he acted within the rights of his job. So it seems the problem isnt with Jeff as much as it is with either the legal system or the people breaking the law. Before you accuse me of being all knowing again maybe you should do some catch up reading :)

  • lbaek2 posted at 8:24 pm on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    lbaek2 Posts: 2

    Filed couple weeks! A special prosecutor! Misdemeanor or Felony! Maybe Big Bubba needs to show Mr. Thompson his Moose!

  • melissa posted at 5:04 pm on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    melissa Posts: 41

    Hummm... It still remains unclear what offense Cpl. Jeff Jayne will be charged with and whether it will be prosecuted at the felony or misdemeanor level, however.

    Others view him as an overzealous trooper who should lose his job. It should read "MOST" view him as an overzealous trooper who should lose his job.

    My take on this is, like Mike Stevens from Clark Fork wrote into the editor. that this is all gonna be swepted under the rug and he will be charged at a misdemeanor vs being charged like the rest of us at the felony level...

  • rollingthunder posted at 3:36 pm on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    rollingthunder Posts: 38

    Wow, did that take a long time to get processed, if it involved John Q citizen he would have been booked a long time ago. I have little confidence the offender in this incident will get what he should.

  • rubanjames posted at 3:26 pm on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    rubanjames Posts: 1

    So,it's taken almost 5 months to proceed with the prosecution of this joker...But no one is amused at the delays and the feeling that ISP and the State are dragging their heels to prosecute"

    blue has it right the state has been trying to find a wasy to cover up or make it go away.

    write to your state congressman a few letters will make people start thinking.(do we need this kind of stuff)

  • friend to all posted at 2:10 pm on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    friend to all Posts: 39

    Hey aaron c, you are correct, everyone makes mistakes. But not everyone breaks the law. If I get caught doing 61 in a 60 and get pulled over and given a ticket. I will pay it. Never had a speeding ticket before. Did get a no insurance ticket. (forgot the date of paying the bill) But paid the fine, ticket and reinstatement fee without hesitation. I broke the law and paid my dues. I didnt fight that I had my dates mixed up or forgot about the bill. I broke the law and did my punishment like a man. Be a man Jayne. Pay your dues.[beam]

  • ECC posted at 1:42 pm on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    ECC Posts: 85

    A felony was committed...and a felony is what he should be charged with. There are actually several different grounds for felony charges in this case. Anyone else would have already been tried and prosecuted by now...

  • ski2work posted at 1:40 pm on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    ski2work Posts: 633

    Blue - it appears that Jayne's resident groupie has personal knowledge of your incident with Jaynes? I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Jaynes and 'Aaron C" are one in the same. Seems to have a great deal of knowledge about the dash came and comments made by the judge "he said Jaynes was perfectly justified"? How would ol' Aaron know that?

  • Aaron C posted at 1:04 pm on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    Aaron C Posts: 341

    Speeding is speeding. Tickets for everyone going 61 in a 60! Ever made a mistake HWIS?

  • Here's What I Say posted at 11:03 am on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    Here's What I Say Posts: 1240

    Poaching is poaching. No excuses.

  • Aaron C posted at 10:57 am on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    Aaron C Posts: 341

    The Judge saw differently in your case Blue..........he said Jayne was perfectly justified. Bet the dashboard camera must have shown a more obstinant version of yourself than you have displayed on this blog. Lol, one incident where you broke the law and its his fault!

  • NYPD Blue posted at 10:36 am on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    NYPD Blue Posts: 6

    So,it's taken almost 5 months to proceed with the prosecution of this joker...But no one is amused at the delays and the feeling that ISP and the State are dragging their heels to prosecute..Listen up,civilians--You are entitled to be protected and patrolled by Officers that are both compassionate,forgiving when possible,and level headed.Trooper Jayne,from my personal experience,is none of those...He is a bully,and a violator of constitutional rights,something we need to hold dear and protect.People-he's just a cop-Not the Pope...ISP needs to fire him,and replace him with a Trooper who can work to repair the enormous public relations damage Jayne has single handedly done to this community.And oh yes..we were talking about the cut and dried,clear crime he has committed--No one is above the law,folks..To allow this bully to wear a badge is a disgrace and slap in the face to all the Law Enforcement Officers in the State-but more importantly,a slap to YOU,the citizens who deserve better.

  • lbaek2 posted at 10:21 am on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    lbaek2 Posts: 2

    I still hope Big Bubba shows Jayne his MOOSE!