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Chief justice has Vietnam service-related cancer

Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Dan Eismann has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and has started chemotherapy treatments, but his doctors say his prognosis is “very good” and a full recovery is expected. Eismann, 61, said he’ll continue to serve as chief justice and will hear a full caseload. “I very much appreciate the expressions of concern, prayers, and best wishes,” Eismann said in a statement. “I am confident that I can maintain a full schedule of duties, complete treatment programs, and accomplish a full recovery.” Click here to read my full story at

Eismann was first elected to the Supreme Court in 2000. He was voted chief justice by the other members of the court in 2007. Eismann is a Vietnam veteran, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma is classified by the VA as a service-connected illness in Vietnam veterans due to exposure to Agent Orange.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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