A legal news site is reporting that Wendy Olson has been confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee as Idaho’s new U.S. Attorney. Olson, the current senior litigation counsel for Idaho’s U.S. Attorney’s office, has worked there since 1997 and played a key role in the successful death penalty prosecution of North Idaho multiple murderer Joseph Duncan, among many other cases. She’s a Pocatello native, a graduate of Drake University with a law degree from Stanford, and a board member of Idaho Women Lawyers. A federal criminal prosecutor throughout her career, she’s also taught at George Washington University law school, served as president of the Treasure Valley Tennis Association, and been an active volunteer for Little League, youth soccer and youth basketball. Olson’s nomination was recommended to President Obama by Idaho’s senior Democratic elected official, Congressman Walt Minnick. If confirmed by the full Senate, she succeeds current U.S. Attorney Tom Moss, who has served since 2001.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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