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Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson has introduced a bill designed to add a third federal judge in Idaho to help offset an expanding and cumbersome caseload. The Republican says it's past time for Idaho to get a third federal judge. The federal court system in Idaho is now overseen by two federal district judges — B. Lynn Winmill and Edward J. Lodge. As Idaho's population has ballooned in the last decade, so too has the pressure on the federal courts. For example, Simpson says total filings increased 26 percent between 2007 and 2013, and pending caseloads have increased during the same span by 30 percent. Simpson also says Idaho now has a heavier caseload than other rural states with three judges — including Alaska, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming.
The Idaho House has passed HJM 4, a non-binding memorial calling on Congress to add a third federal judge in Idaho, but only by a 47-21 vote and after objections on the floor to allowing a Democratic president to appoint another federal judge. Idaho's had just two federal district judges since 1954, said the measure's sponsor, Rep. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, (pictured) and the federal caseload has increased so dramatically that there are now big delays in processing civil cases. … Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, said he believes the “federal judiciary has served as a handmaiden” to overstepping the U.S. Constitution. He said he'd be willing to support the memorial, but only after a new president is elected and replaces President Obama/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
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