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AM: Reeds Honored At Banquet

Respected Coeur d'Alene attorney Scott Reed, pictured, and his wife, former state senator Mary Lou Reed, were honored at the Human Rights Banquet Monday night by being inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame. Reed's son, Bruce, a former aide to Vice President Joe Biden, held his parents up as examples of individuals who have spent their lives fighting for human rights. Story here. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Idaho Bar Recognizes Scott Reed

Scott Reed talked about winning the distinguished attorney award from the Idaho Bar Association in Coeur d'Alene last Friday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Never an imposing man, Scott Reed has nonetheless transformed his appearance into a mountain of trouble for opponents on scores of environmental issues. The 84-year-old lawyer came to Coeur d’Alene to argue those causes before he had case law of the Environmental Protection Act to back him up. He’s been a thorn in the side of homeowners who would deprive the public the use of Sanders Beach, and he’s written a book about the preservation of one of Coeur d’Alene’s greatest features, Tubbs Hill. “Environmental law is some of the more constant work and least paying work,” said Reed, who first was admitted to the Idaho bar in 1956. “When somebody wants to stop something they come to see me. We try our best. Mostly I’m not paid much. The recession has done a hell of a lot more to stop development than I ever did.” It’s those decades of service that earned him the Distinguished Lawyer Award last month from the Idaho State Bar/Thomas Clouse, SR. More here.

Question: What would Coeur d'Alene be like without Scott Reed?

Reed: Public Vote On McEuen Illegal

The McEuen Park Plan was blessed, cussed, dissected and otherwise commented upon in a continuous and lengthy packed hearing before the Coeur d’Alene City Council on May 24th. Many attending held signs and testified demanding a public vote upon the plan. As a matter of law in Idaho, the city council could not order a public vote. There is no provision in the Coeur d’Alene city ordinances nor in Idaho Code Title 34 “Elections” nor in Title 50, Chapter 4 “Municipal Elections” for a public vote/attorney Scott Reed, Coeur d'Alene Press online. More here.

Question: What do you think of attorney Scott Reed's contention that a public vote on McEuen Field would be illegal (if the City Council had bent to pressure at a recent hearing to call for one)?

Reed: Law Prohibits McEuen Vote

In a 9-page report presented to the General Services Committee Tuesday, attorney Scott Reed argues that state law prohibits the City Council for asking for a public vote on proposed McEuen Field changes. Writes Reed: “The McEuen Park Plan is an administrative action, not legislative, and cannot be under any circumstance or future revision be subject of a city election for a public vote.” You can read Scott's entire opinion here. After a public discussion on the matter Tuesday, Councilman Ron Edinger made a motion to hold a public vote on McEuen Field changes. The motion died for a lack of a second from Councilmen John Bruning and Mike Kennedy, who chaired the meeting.

Question: Do you agree with Scott Reed's opinion?

Reed: MikeK Might Have To Eat Cost

Retired Judge Charles Hosack, who presided over the six-day trial last month, ruled Tuesday evening that Brannon and Kelso failed to prove that the outcome of the election had changed. In his thorough 20-page ruling, Hosack never indicated he thought the suit to be frivolous, which would be a needed component for Kennedy to seek attorneys fees from Brannon. Kennedy attorney Scott Reed, who is out of town, called The Inlander to discuss the ruling. Reed says he did an estimate of legal costs some months back. “My estimate then was $40,000 and that was only me,” Reed says. With the addition of second attorney Peter Erbland, “I think it would be in the vicinity of $60,000 or $70,000 at least.” Reed says it’s unlikely Kennedy has any avenue to collect legal fees from Brannon.“The judge treated their complaint as a legitimate complaint,” Reed says/Kevin Taylor, Inlander. More here.

Question: Imagine, you win an election by 5 — er, 3 votes — and get handed a bill for $60,000 because your vanquished opponent can’t take no for an answer. Will this election discourage other citizens from running for local elections?