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Mailbag: Who Was The DUI Judge?

James Bond: Was Mitchell the judge who got a DUI a few years ago? I know a northern Idaho judge got pinched for DUI a few years ago.

DFO: No, it was (now retired judge) Craig Kosonen. (see archived story below).

From Spokesman-Review files (Dec. 4, 1997): “First District Judge Craig C. Kosonen pleaded guilty to drunken driving Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after he crashed his pickup into a concrete barrier south of the city limits. Magistrate Barry Watson granted Kosonen’s request for a withheld judgment and sentenced the 61-year-old judge to two days in jail, which he can choose to serve in the sheriff’s community work program. Kosonen also was fined $500 and his driver’s license was suspended for 90 days. All are within the standard sentencing range for first-time offenders. Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas said Kosonen did not ask for or receive special treatment. His guilty plea was not made as part of a plea agreement. “You’ve got to have some measure of respect for someone who comes in right away and admits his guilt and asks for no special treatment,” Douglas said. Kosonen’s blood-alcohol level was nearly double the legal limit when he lost control of his red 1997 Dodge pickup about 9:25 p.m. on Potlatch Hill Road near Coeur d’Alene Lake Road, according to a Kootenai County sheriff’s report. Kosonen, who was alone in the truck, refused medical treatment.”

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