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Capitol ceremony marks 225th anniversary of federal judiciary

A crowd including current and former federal judges, U.S. Marshals, state and federal officials and more is gathering in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Idaho State Capitol for a ceremony celebrating the 225th anniversary of the federal judiciary. The event marks the signing and passage of the Judiciary Act of 1789, which established the federal judiciary and the United States Marshal.

The 3 p.m. ceremony, which is being streamed online here, will be followed by a reception hosted by the Idaho chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale said, “Really this is a celebration of the essence of being of both the federal courts and the U.S. Marshal Service. We celebrate today the commitment to the rule of law and the principles of the United States Constitution that are at the very core of the Judiciary Act, and along with it the official oath of office all federal judges and all United States marshals take … to respect and honor that commitment.”

Above, 9th District Judge N. Randy Smith speaks on the colorful history of the U.S. Marshal Service. 

U.S. Marshal confirmation: ‘Our congressional delegation works together’

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Pocatello City Councilman and current Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center Warden Brian Underwood as the new U.S. Marshal for Idaho. 1st District Congressman Walt Minnick proposed Underwood as the nominee, and President Barack Obama appointed him; the state’s entire congressional delegation backed the move and Underwood won confirmation in a unanimous consent vote in the Senate. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both Republicans; Minnick, a Democrat; and GOP Rep. Mike Simpson issued this joint statement on the confirmation:

“Brian Underwood will serve our state well in his new role as U.S. Marshal.  Brian is an Idaho native and has worked extensively in law enforcement at the city and state level, as an officer and in management.  The nomination process has worked well to produce a U.S. Marshal all Idahoans can be proud of.  We also want to thank Pat McDonald for his eight years of service as Idaho’s outgoing U.S. Marshal.”

Underwood said, “I am honored by the nomination by the President and now a confirmation by the Senate. I look forward to serving in this important role.  Idahoans should be proud of the way our congressional delegation works together.”