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Eye On Boise

Behind the lawyer, another lawyer

Boiseans aren’t much closer to knowing who the dirty tricksters were behind a last-minute smear against Chuck Winder, a candidate for mayor of Boise who lost narrowly in a crowded race in 2003 after an election-eve telephone message went out falsely linking Winder to a scandal involving the former mayor.

David Leroy, former Idaho lieutenant governor and attorney general, citing attorney-client privilege, has been refusing to turn over the name of an “intermediary” who he said hired him to defend the group that sponsored the slur. The group identified itself only as “Citizens for Trustworthy Government.” Under stern pressure from a Boise judge, Leroy finally turned over the name of the intermediary to the court. It was Bill Litster, a personal injury lawyer in Boise. Litster once ran a mayoral campaign in 1985 for a successful candidate, Dirk Kempthorne – who’s now governor of Idaho, and whose Transportation Board chairman is none other than Winder. Litster’s sometimes testified to legislative committees on legal issues. But he’s best known in the Boise area for his heavy advertising for his law firm, including ads on phone books, TV and billboards. His ads promise an attorney available 24 hours, at 1-800-INJURED. So what does all this have to do with city politics? Who knows?

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