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Peterson appointed to Kootenai post

Coeur d’Alene defense attorney Clark A. Peterson has been appointed as Kootenai County magistrate, the Magistrate Commission of the 1st Judicial District of Idaho announced Wednesday.

Peterson will fill the vacancy left empty by Judge Benjamin Simpson, who was appointed in December to succeed 1st District Court Judge Charles Hosack, who retired.

Clark, a partner at Amendola & Doty in Coeur d’Alene, graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and was an editor for the Law Review, according to the law firm Web site. Before moving to Kootenai County, he was a chief deputy district attorney in Las Vegas.

One of Peterson’s notable cases included the defense of Brian Gilmore, the former Coeur d’Alene High School student who was arrested in January 2008 after he was found in the school’s parking lot with a loaded shotgun and three stolen, high-power rifles in his car. Gilmore was sentenced to three years probation.