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Judge Randy Smith, 8 others inducted into Idaho Hall of Fame

9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge N. Randy Smith has been inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame, which was established in 1995 to recognize those, living or dead, who have “advanced the common good of the state of Idaho.” A display in the lower-level rotunda of the state Capitol highlights the inductees, who include historical figures, sports stars, business leaders, military officials, elected officials and more. Among those honored: Sacajawea, Harmon Killebrew, Lana Turner, William Borah and Barbara Morgan.

Smith, who served as an Idaho district judge before being named to the 9th Circuit court in 2007, said, “I am a bit overwhelmed to be included in such company. I don't know if I am in the same league with these people, but I am very honored.”

The Hall of Fame made a controversial decision on an honoree in 2007, choosing then-Sen. Larry Craig - in the midst of the scandal over his arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting. Craig had been selected before the news broke, but the induction ceremony, which he attended, came just a week after he announced he'd serve out his term, despite earlier saying he intended to resign in the wake of the scandal. Craig was among 11 inductees that year.

Nine individuals were inducted this year, along with five businesses or organizations. In addition to Smith, this year's honorees included artist James Castle; human rights activist Tony Stewart; Benewah County commissioner and trucking company owner Jack Buell; and architect Charles Hummel.

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

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