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Racist KO’d In Bayview Gets 3 Years

An Idaho judge today sentenced a racist skinhead to up to five years in prison for maliciously harassing a black man who, it turned out, was a former boxer who defended himself last summer with a one-punch knockout. Daren C. Abbey, who has been free on bond, appeared surprised as he was led from a courtroom in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in handcuffs after 1st District Judge Benjamin Simpson imposed a three-year “fixed sentence” to be followed by a two-year indeterminate sentence. Abbey’s defense attorney had argued that the 29-year-old, who has a lengthy criminal record, should be placed on unsupervised probation and allowed to return to Ferndale, Mont., near Kalispell, where he was working in construction/Bill Morlin, Southern Poverty Law Center HateWatch. More here.

Question: Proper sentence?

Hosack Takes Over Brannon Lawsuit

Huckleberries has learned from Councilman Mike Kennedy that Judge Charles Hosack has been appointed to take over the case and preside over any trial that might result from challenger Jim Brannon’s lawsuit. Hosack will replace Judge Benjamin Simpson, who stepped down from the case earlier this month w/o giving a reason.

Simpson Withdraws From Brannon Case

Huckleberries has learned that Judge Benjamin Simpson has recused himself from Jim Brannon’s suit to overturn his 5-vote loss to Mike Kennedy in the 2009 City Council election. County Clerk Dan English said this morning that he’d received notice of Simpson’s decision Tuesday afternoon, confirming a tip that Huckleberries Online received. English said no reason was given for Simpson’s recusal. Now, it’s up to administrative Judge John Mitchell to appoint a new judge to hear the election challenge.

Question: Why do you think Simpson withdrew from the case?

Kootenai County Magistrate Named District Court Judge

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter today announced the appointment of Kootenai County Magistrate Benjamin Simpson to succeed 1st District Judge Charles Hosack, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Simpson, 60, is a Colorado native and U.S. Navy veteran who received his bachelor’s degree from California State University in Chico and his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane. Read More.